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Published: 4 December 2008

Leisure trips in October 2008

In October Finnish residents made 344,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 249,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. 28 per cent 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 1,473 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in November.

Finnish residents made 1.7 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 6 per cent up from the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.4 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 October 2008 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in October       Annual change, %
10/2008 - 10/2007
Cumulative annual change, %
1-10/2008 - 1-10/2007
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 299,000 8 3
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,423,000 5 1
Trips in Finland, total 1,722,000 6 1
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 249,000 -16 5
  - Estonia 70,000 -10 3
  - Other countries 179,000 -19 6
Cruises, overnight on board only 95,000 -37 -2
  - To Estonia 27,000 -52 8
  - To Sweden 65,000 -32 -8
Trips abroad, total 344,000 -23 3
Leisure trips, total 2,066,000 -1 2

Source: Finnish Travel. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 4.12.2008

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