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Latest publication: Accommodation statistics 2021, February

Published: 28 January 2021

Nights spent by resident tourists in Finland decreased by 29 per cent in December 2020

Overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments declined by 29.4 per cent from last year and 0.7 million nights were recorded for them in December 2020. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased outside Greater Helsinki by 21.3 per cent but in Greater Helsinki they declined by 57.5 per cent. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 91.8 per cent and 60 000 overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 0.76 million overnight stays, which was 57.1 per cent lower than one year before. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland’s statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 20 beds or caravan pitches with electricity connection.

Change in overnight stays in December 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in December 2020/2019, %

Overnight stays by British decreased most in December 2020

Overnight stays did not increase from any of the most important countries. The smallest drop was seen in overnight stays by Norwegians , down by 6,800 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Britons , down by 187,700 nights. Their overnight stays were 98.1 per cent down on December 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Estonians with 8,800 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 7,000 overnight stays and the third largest group was Swedes with 5,000 overnight stays.

In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists decreased by 98 cent in December 2020

Overnight stays declined in each region, but the smallest drop in relative terms was in Kainuu, where overnight stays declined by 19.7 per cent . By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Lapland, by 72.8 per cent and second most in Uusimaa, by 71.5 per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 26,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 9,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 88.8 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 97.7 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 40 per cent and that of Lapland 15 per cent.

Change in overnight stays in December by region 2020/2019,%

Change in overnight stays in December by region 2020/2019,%

Overnight stays in hotels decreased by 62 per cent in December 2020

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 0.58 million, which was 61.6 per cent less than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 91.9 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 56,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 0.52 million. The number was 36.5 per cent lower than in December 2019.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Kainuu, 40.3 per cent, and in North Ostrobothnia, 34.7 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 18.8 per cent, 24.9 per cent in Tampere, 25.6 per cent in Turku, 37.6 per cent in Oulu and 23.9 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In December 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 99.99 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 124.80. There was a total of 49,397 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 5,157 fewer than in December 2019.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Total number of nights spent decreased by 38 per cent in January to December 2020

In January to December 2020, a total of 14.31 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 38.0 per cent less than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 12.02 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 2.29 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists declined by 25.0 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 67.5 from the previous year.

Overnight stays declined from all of the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland. The smallest drop was seen in overnight stays by Estonians . Overnight stays by them declined by 90 900 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 563,000 nights. Their overnight stays were 68.6 per cent down on January to December 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 258,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 246,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Britons with 168,000 overnight stays , and fourth were French with 158,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Estonians (152,000 nights), sixth was Dutch tourists (131,000 nights), seventh Swedes (102,000 nights) and eight was U.S. tourists (82,000 nights).

Change in overnight stays in January-December 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in January-December 2020/2019, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 28.01.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
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