1. Neighbouring countries long-standing favourites for Finns

In 2013, Finns made 7,812,000 leisure trips abroad, which is roughly the same number as in 2012. Trips with overnight stay in the destination country fell in total by two per cent from the year before. Same-day trips and day cruises in turn increased by 18 per cent from 2012. The number of cruises with overnight stay on board remained at the same level as in 2012.

Nothing seems to be able to shake Estonia's top position as the favourite destination for Finns. In 2013, 2,404,000 leisure trips were made to Estonia, which represented 31 per cent of all leisure trips. Trips to Estonia that included overnight stay in the country of destination decreased by four per cent but day cruises increased by nearly 30 per cent. The number of overnight cruises went up by three per cent. The most popular times to travel to Estonia are the summer months and December.

Sweden was the second most popular travel destination for Finns with 1,669,000 leisure trips. The number of trips to Sweden fell by two per cent from the previous year. Trips that included overnight stay in Sweden decreased by eight per cent and cruises by close on two per cent. By contrast, same-day trips and day cruises increased by 25 per cent.

The pull of the neighbouring countries is strong among Finns as Russia is the fourth most popular destination country. In 2013, 417,000 different types of leisure trips were made to Russia. Trips that included overnight stay in Russia went up by 16 per cent but same-day trips contracted by 26 per cent. Trips to Sweden, Estonia and Russia covered nearly 60 per cent of all leisure trips.


Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

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Updated 10.4.2014

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