Published: 12 February 2009
The total number of overnight stays at Finnish accommodation establishments was 1.2 million in December 2008. This was close on one per cent down from one year previously. Overnight stays by domestic travellers increased by close on one per cent from the year before and their total number was recorded as 741,000. Overnightings by foreign tourists numbered 494,000 in December 2008, which was 3 per cent down from one year previously. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland's statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 10 rooms, cottages, or caravan pitches with electricity connection, and youth hostels.
As expected, British visitors were the biggest group of foreign tourists in December with their 134,000 overnight stays. However, the number of British tourists' overnight stays at Finnish accommodation establishments was 12 per cent down from December 2007. By contrast, the overnight stays of Russian tourists increased by 10 per cent and their 121,000 overnightings made them the second-largest group of foreign tourists. The biggest increase in overnight stays, at 17 per cent, was, however, recorded for the Dutch. The overnight stays of the French also increased somewhat, by 2 per cent from the year before.
Nights spent in Finland by visitors from the other most important inbound tourism countries decreased from December 2007. The number of overnight stays by visitors from the United States decreased by as much as 24 per cent and that of Norwegians by 16 per cent from the previous year.
Year-on-year change in nights spent in December
Twelve main countries of residence of non-residents having spent nights, share in 2007 in brackets
Source: Tourism Statistics. Statistics Finland
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