Press release 14.12.2012

Information package on transport published

The compilation of transport statistics, Transport and Communications Statistical Yearbook for Finland 2012 has been published. The volume published by Statistics Finland contains tables and figures on road, railway, water and air transport and communications, combined tables on all forms of transport and international comparisons. In addition to the newest annual data, the Yearbook includes long time series and regional information.

Besides Statistics Finland, the data derive from VR-Group Ltd, the Finnish Transport Agency, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi), Finavia and the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority. The Transport and Communications Statistical Yearbook for Finland is in two languages, Finnish and English.

Extracts from the contents of the publication:

  • In 2011, 83 per cent of the 78,698 million passenger kilometres in domestic transport were driven with passenger cars, ten per cent with buses or coaches, five per cent with trains and two per cent with other vehicles.
  • At the end of 2011, the Finnish vehicle register contained 2,978,729 passenger cars, 236,661 motorcycles and 278,856 mopeds. The number of passenger cars and motorcycles increased by four per cent and that of mopeds by seven per cent from the year before.
  • In 2011, 126,130 new passenger cars were registered, which is 13 per cent more than in 2010. Of new passenger cars, 57 per cent were petrol-driven and 42 per cent diesel-driven and one per cent were equipped with other motive power (e.g. petrol/ethanol-driven).
  • In 2010, just seven per cent of the sold motor gasoline had an octane rating of 98. When E10 petrol replaced the previous 95-octane petrol in 2011, more than every second driver filled up their car with 98-octane petrol.
  • In 1980, Finland had 204 km of motorways and 1,139 km of pedestrian and cycling routes. In 2011, 790 km of motorways and 5,249 km of pedestrian and cycling routes were in use.
  • A total of 68 million passengers were transported in railway passenger transport in 2011 – of whom nearly 55 million in local transport in the Helsinki region.
  • Fifty-six per cent of the volume of goods transported by rail in 2011 contained wood and wood and paper industry products.
  • In 2011, nearly 15 million tonnes of raw oil and other oil products were transported to Finland by sea. Over 15 million tonnes of sawn timber and other manufactured wood products were transported from Finland by sea.
  • In 2011, close on 18 million passengers were transported in international sea transport, which is two per cent more than one year before. Over seven million passengers were transported to Estonia and more than nine million to Sweden.
  • In 2011, one million passengers departed from Finland on charter flights and six million on scheduled flights. The number of passengers on charter flights increased by 26 per cent and on scheduled flights by 11 per cent from the previous year. Charter flights were most often headed for Spain and scheduled flights for Germany.
  • The number of mobile telephone subscriptions in Finland was nearly nine million in 2011. An average of 1.4 text messages were sent from them every day of the year, or nearly 4.6 billion text messages per year.
  • In 2011, there were more telephone subscriptions than people in the whole world: 1,032 per 1,000 inhabitants. Eighty-three per cent of these were mobile telephone subscriptions. In Finland there were 1,861 telephone subscriptions per 1,000 inhabitants and 90 per cent of them were mobile telephone subscriptions.

Source: Transport and Communications Statistical Yearbook for Finland 2012. Statistics Finland. Price EUR 75.
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