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Published: 3 October 2008

Leisure trips in August 2008

In August Finnish residents made 473,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 368,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. A one-fourth 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 1,529 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in September.

Finnish residents made 2.7 million leisure trips in Finland. This is one per cent down corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 2.2 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 August 2008 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in August Annual change, %
8/2008 - 8/2007
Cumulative annual change, %
1-8/2008 - 1-8/2007
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 511,000 -7 4
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 2,215,000 0 -1
Trips in Finland, total 2,726,000 -1 0
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 368,000 32 8
  - Estonia 99,000 62 3
  - Other countries 269,000 23 9
Cruises, overnight on board only 105,000 59 5
  - To Estonia 34,000 21 16
  - To Sweden 71,000 97 -2
Trips abroad, total 473,000 37 7
Leisure trips, total 3,199,000 3 1

Source: Finnish Travel. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 3.10.2008

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