Description of the data collection
The Finnish Travel Survey describes domestic trips and trips abroad.
The survey is comprised of two separate parts. The monthly survey collects information on trips made by Finnish residents, their numbers and characteristics. A so-called annual survey is made once a year to establish the number of persons who have travelled during the survey year.
The survey is a sample-based telephone interview survey. The interviews are carried out by Statistics Finland's telephone interview centre together with the data collection for the Consumer Survey. The annual survey is included in the January interview.
According to Regulation (EU) No 692/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council, the Member States have to collect, compile and process uniform statistics on the supply of and demand for tourism.
From whom are data collected?
The survey persons represent the population aged 15 to 84 permanently resident in Finland. The sample size of the Finnish Travel Survey is 2,350 persons per month and different persons are interviewed in each survey round.
Participation in the Finnish Travel Survey is voluntary. However, it is important to include answers from as many as possible of those selected to the sample to represent all Finnish residents in order for the survey to be successful.
The answers of an individual person cannot be identified in the statistics to be published. The Statistics Act (280/2004) obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential.
What are the data used for?
The data from the survey are used for compiling tourism statistics, national accounts and balance of payments, for describing development directions of tourism, as background data, learning material and research data.
How often are data collected?