Published: 23 May 2014

Journeys to free-time residences three times longer for people living in Uusimaa compared with all owners of free-time residences in 2013

According to Statistics Finland, there were 499,000 free-time residences in Finland at the end of 2013. The average distance between one's home and free-time residence was 90 kilometres and the median was 37 kilometres. Therefore, one-half of the journeys to free-time residences were at most 37 kilometres. The median for the journey of those living in Uusimaa to their free-time residences was 130 kilometres and the average 166 kilometres. The median for the journey of people living in Uusimaa to their free-time residences was over three times compared with the median for the entire country and the average was nearly double compared with the average for the whole country. The median for the journey of those living elsewhere than in Uusimaa to their free-time residences was 25 kilometres and the average 63 kilometres.

Length of journey to free-time residences (median, km) in 2013, according to the region of residence of the free-time residence owner

Length of journey to free-time residences (median, km) in 2013, according to the region of residence of the free-time residence owner

Free-time residence owners in the regions of Etelä-Savo and Ostrobothnia were living closest to their free-time residences: in both regions, one-half of the journeys to free-time residences were under 16 kilometres. In both Ostrobothnia and Etelä-Savo, the median for the journeys to free-time residences was under one-half of the median for the whole country.

The journey to free-time residences was calculated for free-time residences owned by private persons. A journey to a free-time residence refers to the linear distance between the permanent residence and free-time residence of the free-time residence owner. In 2013, the distance could be calculated for 70 per cent of the whole stock of free-time residences.

Mikkeli was still the municipality with the highest number of free-time residences in 2013

The order of municipalities with the highest number of free-time residences remained unchanged in 2013. Measured by the number of free-time residences, Mikkeli had the highest number of free-time residences, followed by Kuopio and Parainen. Mikkeli was the only municipality that had more than 10,000 free-time residences. Nearly one-half (45 per cent) of all free-time residences are located in fifty municipalities with the highest numbers of free-time residences.

Highest number of free-time residences, 31 December 2013

  Regional Division based on Municipalities on 1 Jan. 2014
1. Mikkeli 10 288
2. Kuopio 8 659
3. Parainen 8 519
4. Lohja 8 414
5. Savonlinna 8 241
6. Hämeenlinna 7 821
7. Kouvola 7 729
8. Salo 7 241
9. Kuusamo 6 579
10. Raasepori 6 439
11. Mäntyharju 4 794
12. Kemiönsaari 4 676
13. Kangasala 4 609
14. Naantali 4 585
15. Ylöjärvi 4 373

Source: Buildings and Free-time Residences, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Topias Pyykkönen 09 1734 2628 ( 9.6.2014 => 029 551 2628 ), Marja Hermiö 09 1734 3211, Arja Tiihonen 09 1734 3272, asuminen@stat.fi

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Updated 23.5.2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Buildings and free-time residences [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-6796. 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.12.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/rakke/2013/rakke_2013_2014-05-23_tie_001_en.html