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Published: 30 October 2009

In September 2009, Finns made more trips abroad than in the year before

In September Finnish residents made 329,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 260,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. Eighteen per cent of these trips were headed to Estonia and five per cent to Sweden. 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 1,453 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in October.

Finnish residents made 1.7 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 3 per cent up on the corresponding period in the year before. Most, or 1.4 million, of the trips 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 September 2009 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in September       Annual change, %
9/2009 - 9/2008
Cumulative annual change, %
1-9/2009 - 1-9/2008
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 293,000 2 0
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,360,000 4 -1
Trips in Finland, total 1,653,000 3 -1
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 260,000 18 7
  - Estonia 47,000 -18 0
  - Sweden 14,000 -13 3
  - Other countries 199,000 33 9
Cruises, overnight on board only 69,000 -13 -8
  - To Estonia 22,000 -24 -15
  - To Sweden 47,000 -6 -4
Trips abroad, total 329,000 10 3
Leisure trips, total 1,982,000 4 0

Source: Finnish Travel. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 30.10.2009

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