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Published: 3 December 2009

Finnish tourists favoured cruises to Estonia in October 2009

In October Finnish residents made 432,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 319,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. Twenty-two per cent of these trips were headed to Estonia and eight 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 1,424 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in November.

Finnish residents made 1.9 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 8 per cent up on the corresponding period in the year before. Most, or 1.6 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 October 2009 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in October       Annual change, %
10/2009 - 10/2008
Cumulative annual change, %
1-10/2009 - 1-10/2008
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 288,000 -4 0
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,572,000 10 0
Trips in Finland, total 1,860,000 8 0
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 319,000 28 9
  - Estonia 70,000 0 0
  - Sweden 26,000 -13 2
  - Other countries 223,000 47 12
Cruises, overnight on board only 113,000 19 -6
  - To Estonia 43,000 59 -10
  - To Sweden 71,000 9 -3
Trips abroad, total 432,000 26 5
Leisure trips, total 2,292,000 11 1

Source: Finnish Travel. Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Ms Hannele Orjala


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Last updated 3.12.2009

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