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Published: 9 January 2009

Leisure trips in November 2008

In November Finnish residents made 302,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 200,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. A one-third 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 1,456 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in December.

Finnish residents made 1.8 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 19 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 November 2008 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in October       Annual change, %
11/2008 - 11/2007
Cumulative annual change, %
1-11/2008 - 1-11/2007
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 329,000 31 5
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,469,000 16 2
Trips in Finland, total 1,798,000 19 3
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 200,000 -3 5
  - Estonia 63,000 85 7
  - Other countries 137,000 -21 4
Cruises, overnight on board only 102,000 -32 -5
  - To Estonia 44,000 -8 6
  - To Sweden 58,000 -44 -13
Trips abroad, total 302,000 -16 2
Leisure trips, total 2,100,000 12 2

Source: Finnish Travel. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 9.1.2009

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