Published: 3 March 2011

Neighbouring countries popular among Finnish tourists in January 2011

A large number of Finnish residents made a trip abroad to Sweden, Estonia or Russia in January. Finnish residents made 196,000 leisure trips or cruises with overnight stays to our neighbouring countries, which is 47 per cent more than in the corresponding period of one year ago. Finnish residents made 293,000 leisure trips including overnight stays in Finland, which is 11 per cent up on January 2010.

Finnish residents' overnight leisure trips in January 2011 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in January Annual change, %
1/2011 - 1/2010
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 293 000 11
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1 832 000 43
Trips in Finland, total 2 125 000 38
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 234 000 -4
- Estonia 43 000 30
- Sweden 17 000 55
- Other countries 174 000 -13
Cruises, overnight on board only 122 000 42
- To Estonia 23 000 -23
- To Sweden 100 000 82
Trips abroad, total 356 000 8
Leisure trips, total 2 481 000 33

In January Finnish residents made 356,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. In all, 234,000 of them included one or more overnights in the country of destination, eighteen per cent in Estonia and seven per cent in Sweden. Most of the cruises including overnights on board only were to Sweden and Estonia.

Finnish residents made 2.1 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 38 per cent up on the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.8 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 1,422 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in February.

The final annual data on the Finnish Travel Survey are published on the homepage of the statistics in June following the statistical reference year.

Finns' leisure trips, in January 2008–2011, preliminary data

Finns' leisure trips, in January 2008–2011, preliminary data

Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

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Updated 3.3.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
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