Railway Statistics

Producer: Statistics Finland
Homepage: http://www.stat.fi/til/rtie/index_en.html
Main topic: Transport and Tourism
Related topics: Transport and Tourism
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes


The railway statistics are the basic statistics of the Finnish railways, including data on both the track network and railway traffic. The statistics describe the state of the railways with time series and by line section. The statistics serve actors in the field of transport by producing statistical data to help in their planning, monitoring, supervising and decision-making.

Data content

The statistics include time series data on the rail network and railway traffic. The statistics contain data on the tracks, rolling stock, rail traffic, passenger traffic, freight traffic, financing and accidents. The data cover the entire Finnish railway system.

Regarding tracks, the rail network length is presented classified according to the number of tracks, line classification and operational classification. Time series are presented for part of the data. Regarding rolling stock, the statistics contain tractive stock by type of locomotive, passenger traffic cars and the number of seats, and freight wagons and their carrying capacity in tonnes.

Regarding train traffic, the main train and tractive stock performances are presented as a time series. Passenger traffic journeys and freight traffic volumes are presented as a time series.

Regarding accidents connected to railways, the number of accidents is given classified according to type of accident, fatalities and serious injuries.

Classifications used

EU Regulation (2018/643) on rail transport statistics contains the classifications and definitions to be used by the member states in the production of railway statistics. The International Union of Railways (UIC) has specified them.

Data collection methods and data sources

Data concerning the track are obtained from the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency’s track databases. The data are updated every year to reflect the changes brought by maintenance work and investments in the rail network. Data concerning rail traffic and rolling stock are for the most part obtained from the operators’ continually updated statistical databases, which number several dozen. Part of the data is connected to monitoring of sales and part to separate registers.

Updating frequency

Annually. Regarding passenger and freight traffic, data are also published quarterly.

Time of completion or release

The railway statistics are published annually by the end of August and they contain the final annual data concerning the previous year. Passenger and freight traffic performance is also published quarterly around three months from the end of the statistical reference quarter.

Time series

The railway statistics have been compiled since 1933 and prior to that, the railway statistics were issued as reports of the National Board of Railways from 1873 to 1932.


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Last updated 01.07.2020