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Published: 29 April 2008

Leisure trips in March 2008

In March Finnish residents made 431,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 299,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. Almost a one-tenth of these trips were headed to Estonia. Most of the cruises including overnights on board only were to Sweden and Estonia. These preliminary data are based on Statistics Finland's Finnish Travel Survey for which 1,539 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in April.

Finnish residents made 1.9 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 12 per cent up from the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.5 million, included free accommodation at one's own free-time residence, with relatives or friends or in some other type of free accommodation.

The final and more accurate data on the Finnish Travel Survey are published in the annual publication on Finnish travel. In addition, quarterly preliminary data are published in connection with the monthly publication Tourism Statistics (accommodation statistics) two months after the end of the relevant quarter.

Finnish residents' overnight leisure trips in March 2008 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in March Annual change, %
3/2008 - 3/2007
Cumulative annual change, %
1-3/2008 - 1-3/2007
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 443,000 9 11
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,466,000 13 2
Trips in Finland, total 1,909,000 12 4
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 299,000 35 23
  - Estonia 29,000 -26 5
  - Other countries 270,000 48 26
Cruises, overnight on board only 132,000 6 21
  - To Estonia 44,000 -2 43
  - To Sweden 86,000 9 9
Trips abroad, total 431,000 25 22
Leisure trips, total 2,340,000 14 7

Source: Finnish Travel Survey. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Lauri Manninen +358 9 1734 3260 and Ms Ritva Tikkanen +358 9 1734 3300,

Director in charge: Ms Hannele Orjala


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Last updated 29.4.2008

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. March 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.4.2024].
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