Published: 3 May 2011

In March 2011, Finnish tourists headed abroad

This March, Finnish residents' overnight leisure trips abroad increased by 18 per cent from the respective time period of last year. Trips increased especially to Spain and totalled 67,000. Trips to Spain have more than tripled from the corresponding time period of last year. Cruises did not attract Finnish tourists in March and 42 per cent fewer of them were taken than in last year's March. The number of overnight leisure trips to Estonia and Sweden also decreased by 17 per cent.

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

  Trips in March Annual change, % 3/2011 - 3/2010 Trips in January - March Cumulative annual change, %
1-3/2011 -
1-3/2010
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 445 000 -8 1 157 000 1
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1 248 000 -1 4 919 000 9
Trips in Finland, total 1 693 000 -3 6 076 000 8
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 316 000 18 780 000 2
- Estonia 49 000 -2 139 000 -5
- Sweden 17 000 -43 53 000 -20
- Other countries 250 000 33 587 000 6
Cruises, overnight on board only 90 000 -42 424 000 7
- To Estonia 20 000 -38 103 000 3
- To Sweden 70 000 -44 322 000 9
Trips abroad, total 406 000 -4 1 204 000 4
Leisure trips, total 2 099 000 -3 7 280 000 7

In March Finnish residents made 406,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. In all, 316,000 of them included one or more overnights in the country of destination, fifteen 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 1.7 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 3 per cent down on the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.2 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 1,410 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in April.

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, cumulative accumulation monthly 2009–2011, preliminary data

Finns' leisure trips, cumulative accumulation monthly 2009–2011, preliminary data

Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

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Updated 3.5.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. March 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 19.9.2019].
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