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Finnish Travel Survey

Description of the data collection

The Finnish Travel Survey concerns trips in Finland and abroad ending in the three previous months.

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 carried out as a mixed mode data collection (web and telephone interview survey). Statistics Finland's statistical interviewers carry out telephone interviews. The annual survey is included in the January interview.

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 1,333 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.

Data processing

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.

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

Changes

The mixed mode collection (web questionnaire and telephone interview) and the three-month reference period were introduced at the beginning of 2019. In 2012 to 2018, data were collected as a telephone interview about trips ending during the previous month.

How often are data collected?

Monthly