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Published: 11 March 2010

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland decreased by 9 per cent in January

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in January 2010 was 492,000, which is nine per cent less than in January 2009. The total number of overnight stays decreased by six per cent from last year and was 1.2 million. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by three per cent from January 2009. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland's statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 10 rooms, cottages, or caravan pitches with electricity connection, and youth hostels.

The number of overnight stays by Russians fell by nine per cent in January, although as in recent years, they formed by far the biggest group of foreign visitors with 233,000 recorded overnight stays. The share of Russians in the total number of overnights by foreign visitors was as high as 47 per cent, which mostly contributed to that the total number of overnight stays by foreign visitors fell considerably in January. Britons were next with nearly 41,000 nights spent. The number of nights they spent at Finnish accommodation establishments was as much as 25 per cent down on the year before. German visitors made up the third largest group with 28,000 recorded overnight stays, which was 15 per cent down on the year before. Nights spent by visitors from almost all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland decreased in January. Overnights stays by only Estonian (10%), Dutch (8%), and U.S. visitors (3%) increased from the year before.

Change in nights spent in January 2010 / 2009, %
Twelve main countries of residence of non-residents having spent nights, share in 2009 in brackets


Source: Statistics Finland's Tourism Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 11.3.2010

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. January 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 5.6.2023].
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