Published: 1 September 2011

Finnish tourists favoured neighbouring countries in July 2011

A great number of Finnish residents made a trip abroad to Estonia, Sweden or Russia in July. Finnish residents made 446,000 leisure trips or cruises with overnight stays to our neighbouring countries, which is 26 per cent more than in the corresponding period of one year ago. France also increased its popularity in July. Finnish residents made 1,009,000 leisure trips with paid accommodation in Finland. This is six per cent less than in the previous year's July, when domestic travelling was record busy.

Finnish residents' overnight leisure trips in July 2011 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in July Annual change, % 7/2011 -
7/2010
Trips in January - July Cumulative annual change, %
1-7/2011 -
1-7/2010
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 1 009 000 -6 3 648 000 3
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 3 533 000 -3 15 203 000 4
Trips in Finland, total 4 542 000 -4 18 851 000 4
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 592 000 9 2 540 000 6
- Estonia 192 000 20 588 000 6
- Sweden 82 000 24 238 000 -11
- Other countries 319 000 1 1 714 000 9
Cruises, overnight on board only 138 000 30 961 000 11
- To Estonia 34 000 31 292 000 31
- To Sweden 99 000 24 663 000 4
Trips abroad, total 730 000 13 3 501 000 8
Leisure trips, total 5 272 000 -2 22 352 000 4

In July Finnish residents made 730,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. In all, 592,000 of them included one or more overnights in the country of destination, thirty-two per cent in Estonia and fourteen per cent in Sweden. Most of the cruises including overnights on board only were to Sweden and Estonia.

Finnish residents made 4.5 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 4 per cent down 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 1,437 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in Augusti.

The final annual data on the Finnish Travel Survey are published on the homepage of the statistics in June following the statistical reference year.

Finns' leisure trips, cumulative accumulation monthly 2009-2011, preliminary data

Finns' leisure trips, cumulative accumulation monthly 2009-2011, preliminary data

Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

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

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Updated 1.9.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. July 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.4.2019].
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