Published: 1 July 2010

Finnish residents favoured domestic paid accommodation on leisure trips in May 2010

For a while in May Finland was the warmest place in Europe and domestic travel by Finnish residents was indeed lively. In May Finnish residents made 476,000 domestic leisure trips with paid accommodation. This is 53 per cent up on the corresponding period one year earlier. Finnish residents made 488,000 leisure trips abroad in May. Of these, 237,000 where headed to Sweden or Estonia. This is 21 per cent up on the corresponding period one year earlier.

Finnish residents' overnight leisure trips in May 2010 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in May Annual change, % 5/2010 - 5/2009 Trips in January - May Cumulative annual change, %
1-5/2010 -
1-5/2009
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 476 000 53 2 021 000 20
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 2 325 000 26 8 829 000 16
Trips in Finland, total 2 801 000 30 10 850 000 17
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 380 000 -3 1 489 000 4
- Estonia 80 000 -7 310 000 33
- Sweden 49 000 104 143 000 25
- Other countries 251 000 -11 1 037 000 -5
Cruises, overnight on board only 108 000 26 645 000 23
- To Estonia 44 000 38 178 000 9
- To Sweden 64 000 19 465 000 31
Trips abroad, total 488 000 2 2 134 000 9
Leisure trips, total 3 289 000 25 12 984 000 16

In May Finnish residents made 488,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. In all, 380,000 of them included one or more overnights in the country of destination, twenty-one per cent in Estonia and thirteen per cent in Sweden. Most of the cruises including overnights on board only were to Sweden and Estonia.

Finnish residents made 2.8 million leisure trips in Finland. This is thirty per cent up on the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 2.3 million, included free accommodation at one’s own free-time residence, with relatives or friends or in some other type of free accommodation.

These preliminary data are based on Statistics Finland’s Finnish Travel Survey for which 1,396 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in June.

The final annual data on the Finnish Travel Survey are published on the homepage of the statistics in July following the statistical reference year. 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' leisure trips by month 2008–2010, preliminary data

Finnish residents' leisure trips by month 2008–2010, preliminary data

Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

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Updated 1.7.2010

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. May 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.4.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/smat/2010/05/smat_2010_05_2010-07-01_tie_001_en.html