Published: 4 April 2008
In February Finnish residents made 398,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 211,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. A good one-sixth of these trips were headed to Estonia. Most of the cruises including overnights on board only were to Sweden and Estonia. These preliminary data are based on Statistics Finland's Finnish Travel Survey for which 1,457 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in March.
Finnish residents made 1.9 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 10 per cent up from the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.5 million, included free accommodation at one's own free-time residence, with relatives or friends or in some other type of free accommodation.
The final and more accurate data on the Finnish Travel Survey are published in the annual publication on Finnish travel. In addition, quarterly preliminary data are published in connection with the monthly publication Tourism Statistics (accommodation statistics) two months after the end of the relevant quarter.
Finnish residents' overnight leisure trips in February 2008 and annual change, preliminary data
|Trips in February||Annual change, %
2/2008 - 2/2007
|Cumulative annual change, %
1-2/2008 - 1-2/2007
|Domestic trips with paid accommodation||421,000||32||12|
|Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives||1,515,000||5||-3|
|Trips in Finland, total||1,936,000||10||0|
|Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination||211,000||27||15|
|- Other countries||175,000||22||13|
|Cruises, overnight on board only||187,000||46||28|
|- To Estonia||69,000||82||75|
|- To Sweden||115,000||28||9|
|Trips abroad, total||398,000||35||21|
|Leisure trips, total||2,334,000||13||3|
Source: Finnish Travel Survey. Statistics Finland
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