Published: 1 October 2010

Finns consumed with enthusiasm for travelling in August 2010

In August, Finnish residents were considerably more eager to travel than in the previous year. Finnish residents made 45 per cent more leisure trips with paid accommodation in Finland than in the previous year's August. Trips abroad also increased by 25 per cent. The neighbouring countries were still popular destinations for Finns. Sweden and Estonia are long-standing favourites, but in August plenty of trips were made to Norway and Russia as well. Over one half of all leisure trips including overnight stays in the country of destination were made to these four neighbouring countries.

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

  Trips in August Annual change, % 8/2010 - 8/2009 Trips in January - August Cumulative annual change, %
1-8/2010 -
1-8/2009
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 862 000 45 4 399 000 24
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 3 511 000 86 18 120 000 22
Trips in Finland, total 4 373 000 76 22 519 000 22
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 428 000 22 2 816 000 7
- Estonia 103 000 23 659 000 34
- Sweden 83 000 159 351 000 36
- Other countries 241 000 3 1 807 000 -4
Cruises, overnight on board only 101 000 36 964 000 21
- To Estonia 52 000 117 275 000 7
- To Sweden 46 000 -8 681 000 28
Trips abroad, total 529 000 25 3 780 000 10
Leisure trips, total 4 902 000 69 26 299 000 21

In August Finnish residents made 529,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. In all, 428,000 of them included one or more overnights in the country of destination, twenty-four per cent in Estonia and twenty per cent in Sweden. Most of the cruises including overnights on board only were to Sweden and Estonia.

Finnish residents made 4.4 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 76 per cent up on the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 3.5 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 1,406 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in September.

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.

Finns' leisure trips abroad, cumulative accumulation monthly 2009-2010, preliminary data

Finns' leisure trips abroad, cumulative accumulation monthly 2009-2010, preliminary data

Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Taru Tamminen (09) 1734 2243, Ritva Tikkanen (09) 1734 3300, liikenne.matkailu@stat.fi

Director in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 1.10.2010

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. August 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.4.2019].
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