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Published: 30 April 2009

Leisure trips in March 2009

In March Finnish residents made 325,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 238,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. A one-eighth 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 1,485 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in April.

Finnish residents made 1.6 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 16 per cent down from the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.25 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) in six weeks from the end of the relevant quarter.

Finnish residents' overnight leisure trips in March 2009 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in March       Annual change, %
3/2009 - 3/2008
Cumulative annual change, %
1-3/2009 - 1-3/2008
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 357,000 -19 -11
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,250,000 -15 -1
Trips in Finland, total 1,607,000 -16 -3
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 238,000 -20 2
  - Estonia 30,000 3 3
  - Other countries 208,000 -23 2
Cruises, overnight on board only 87,000 -34 -23
  - To Estonia 27,000 -39 -31
  - To Sweden 60,000 -30 -19
Trips abroad, total 325,000 -25 -7
Leisure trips, total 1,932,000 -17 -4

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 30.4.2009

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