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Published: 3 March 2009

Leisure trips in January 2009

In January Finnish residents made 337,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 248,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. 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 1,475 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in February.

Finnish residents made 1.6 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 11 per cent up from the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.3 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 January 2009 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in January       Annual change, %
1/2009 - 1/2008
Monthly change, %
1/2009 - 12/2008
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 263,000 11 -10
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,333,000 11 -11
Trips in Finland, total 1,596,000 11 -10
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 248,000 24 25
  - Estonia 24,000 0 -59
  - Other countries 224,000 27 61
Cruises, overnight on board only 89,000 -17 -14
  - To Estonia 30,000 -27 7
  - To Sweden 59,000 -11 -21
Trips abroad, total 337,000 10 12
Leisure trips, total 1,933,000 11 -7

Source: Finnish Travel. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ms Taru Tamminen +358 9 1734 2243 and Ms Ritva Tikkanen +358 9 1734 3300,

Director in charge: Ms Hannele Orjala


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Last updated 3.3.2009

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. January 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.4.2024].
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