Statistics on goods transport by road

Description of the data collection

In the collection of data for statistics on goods transport by road, data are requested from owners of lorries (both companies and private owners) on their lorries and on their use in Finland or abroad on three to four successive survey days.

According to the EU's Regulation No 70/2012, Statistics Finland is obliged to produce quarterly statistics on goods transport by road.

From whom are data collected?

The population of the inquiry is formed by lorries registered in Finland with a maximum permissible laden weight of over 3.5 tonnes. Excluded from the population are lorries not actually intended for goods transport, such as museum vehicles, rescue vehicles and special vehicles. The survey sample comprises 2,500 lorries and changes completely quarterly. Paper questionnaires are being used. Since the beginning of 2007, it has also been possible to respond with a web questionnaire.

The obligation to provide data is based on the Statistics Act (280/2004).

What are the data used for?

The data from the statistics are used for decision-making concerning the transport activity and for research and planning in Finland and at the level of the EU.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

Data processing

The answers of an individual person or enterprise cannot be identified in the statistics to be published. The Statistics Act (280/2004) obliges Statistics Finland to treat the provided data as confidential.


Since 2011, the data of domestic and international road freight transports have been collected with a common data collection form. Before 2011, the data of domestic and international road freight transports were collected with separate inquiries. At the same time, the sample size was changed to 10,000 vehicles per year. From the second quarter of 2015, electronic data collection was fully taken into use.

How often are data collected?

Other regular