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Published: 3 February 2009

Leisure trips in December 2008

In December Finnish residents made 301,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 198,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. Nearly 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 1,430 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in January.

Finnish residents made 1.8 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 2 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 December 2008 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in December       Annual change, %
12/2008 - 12/2007
Cumulative annual change, %
1-12/2008 - 1-12/2007
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 292,000 52 7
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,490,000 -5 1
Trips in Finland, total 1,782,000 2 2
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 198,000 -12 3
  - Estonia 59,000 26 9
  - Other countries 139,000 -21 2
Cruises, overnight on board only 103,000 -5 -5
  - To Estonia 28,000 -28 2
  - To Sweden 75,000 7 -11
Trips abroad, total 301,000 -9 1
Leisure trips, total 2,083,000 0 2

Source: Finnish Travel. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 3.2.2009

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