Published: 5 January 2012
November darkness prompted Finnish residents to travel to Estonia or the Canary Islands. Trips with overnight stays to Finnish residents' favourite destination of Estonia numbered 73,000 while 76,000 trips were made to Spain. The destination of 77 per cent of the trips to Spain was the Canary Islands. Cruises to Sweden also attracted Finnish residents in the late autumn gloom. Domestic leisure trips with paid accommodation decreased from the respective time period of the year before. The region favoured in November was Uusimaa.
Finnish residents' overnight leisure trips in November 2011 and annual change, preliminary data
|Trips in November||Annual change, %
11/2011 - 11/2010
|Trips in January - November||Cumulative annual change, %
|Domestic trips with paid accommodation||431 000||-5||5 534 000||-2|
|Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives||1 936 000||3||23 908 000||2|
|Trips in Finland, total||2 367 000||2||29 442 000||1|
|Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination||299 000||-2||4 000 000||7|
|- Estonia||73 000||14||969 000||15|
|- Sweden||15 000||-57||359 000||-17|
|- Other countries||211 000||2||2 671 000||8|
|Cruises, overnight on board only||175 000||7||1 476 000||10|
|- To Estonia||50 000||-22||432 000||7|
|- To Sweden||123 000||28||1 019 000||10|
|Trips abroad, total||474 000||1||5 476 000||8|
|Leisure trips, total||2 841 000||2||34 918 000||2|
In November Finnish residents made 474,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. In all, 299,000 of them included one or more overnights in the country of destination, twenty-four per cent in Estonia and five per cent in Sweden. Most of the cruises including overnights on board only were to Sweden and Estonia.
Finnish residents made 2.4 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 2 per cent more than in the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.9 million, included free accommodation at one’s own free-time residence, with relatives or friends or in some other type of free accommodation.
These preliminary data are based on Statistics Finland’s Finnish Travel Survey for which 1,383 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in December.
The final annual data on the Finnish Travel Survey are published on the homepage of the statistics in May following the statistical reference year.
Finns' leisure trips, cumulative accumulation monthly 2009-2011, preliminary data
Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland
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