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Published: 3 February 2010

Finns preferred trips abroad in December 2009

In December Finnish residents made 363,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 252,000 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 1,414 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in January.

Finnish residents made 1.7 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 5 per cent down on the corresponding period in the year before. Most, or 1.5 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 December 2009 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in December       Annual change, %
12/2009 - 12/2008
Cumulative annual change, %
1-12/2009 - 1-12/2008
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 217,000 -26 -1
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,480,000 -1 -1
Trips in Finland, total 1,697,000 -5 -1
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 252,000 27 12
  - Estonia 54,000 -8 -1
  - Sweden 20,000 43 7
  - Other countries 178,000 42 16
Cruises, overnight on board only 111,000 8 -2
  - To Estonia 29,000 4 -7
  - To Sweden 82,000 9 2
Trips abroad, total 363,000 21 8
Leisure trips, total 2,060,000 -1 0

Source: Finnish Travel. Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Ms Hannele Orjala


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Last updated 3.2.2010

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