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Published: 3 April 2009

Leisure trips in February 2009

In February Finnish residents made 388,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 237,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. A one-sixth 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 1,488 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in March.

Finnish residents made 1.9 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 2 per cent down 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 February 2009 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in February       Annual change, %
2/2009 - 2/2008
Cumulative annual change, %
1-2/2009 - 1-2/2008
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 358,000 -15 -6
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,537,000 1 6
Trips in Finland, total 1,895,000 -2 4
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 237,000 12 18
  - Estonia 38,000 6 3
  - Other countries 199,000 14 21
Cruises, overnight on board only 151,000 -19 -18
  - To Estonia 49,000 -29 -28
  - To Sweden 97,000 -16 -14
Trips abroad, total 388,000 -3 3
Leisure trips, total 2,283,000 -2 3

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 3.4.2009

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. February 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.10.2023].
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