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Finland Says Inflation Up to 2.6%

Finland's annual inflation rate surged to 2.6% in March, the highest figure in almost six years, the government statistics agency said Friday.

Last month's rate was up from 2.2% in February and 0.9% in March last year, Statistics Finland said.

The increase was mainly attributable to higher housing costs. Higher electricity prices, food prices and phone call charges also contributed to increasing inflation.

Finland, where inflation has regularly been below the average of the of all the eurozone members, last had an annual rate of more than 2.6 percent in June 2001 when it was 3%.