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Published: 3 June 2009

Leisure trips in April 2009

In April Finnish residents made 426,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 315,000 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 1,451 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in May.

Finnish residents made 2 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 15 per cent up from the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.6 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 April 2009 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in April       Annual change, %
4/2009 - 4/2008
Cumulative annual change, %
1-4/2009 - 1-4/2008
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 390,000 25 -3
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,627,000 13 2
Trips in Finland, total 2,017,000 15 1
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 315,000 11 5
  - Estonia 55,000 20 9
  - Other countries 260,000 10 4
Cruises, overnight on board only 111,000 13 -16
  - To Estonia 25,000 -34 -32
  - To Sweden 86,000 43 -8
Trips abroad, total 426,000 12 -3
Leisure trips, total 2,443,000 14 1

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 3.6.2009

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