Published: 1 December 2011

In October 2011, Finnish residents travelled to neighbouring countries

In October, many Finnish residents headed to Sweden or Estonia on their trips abroad and trips to these neighbouring countries increased by 25 per cent from last year. Southern warmth also appealed to resident tourists in October and trips to Mediterranean countries increased by 47 per cent from last year's October. The number of domestic leisure trips with paid accommodation remained on level with the previous year’s respective time period.

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

  Trips in October Annual change, %
10/2011 - 10/2010
Trips in January - October Cumulative annual change, %
1-10/2011 -
1-10/2010
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 474 000 0 5 103 000 -2
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 2 180 000 -8 21 972 000 2
Trips in Finland, total 2 654 000 -7 27 075 000 1
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 419 000 9 3 701 000 8
- Estonia 97 000 14 896 000 15
- Sweden 41 000 58 344 000 -14
- Other countries 280 000 2 2 460 000 9
Cruises, overnight on board only 174 000 10 1 301 000 10
- To Estonia 53 000 39 382 000 13
- To Sweden 115 000 -4 896 000 8
Trips abroad, total 593 000 9 5 002 000 8
Leisure trips, total 3 247 000 -5 32 077 000 2

In October Finnish residents made 593,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. In all, 419,000 of them included one or more overnights in the country of destination, twenty-three per cent in Estonia and ten per cent in Sweden. Most of the cruises including overnights on board only were to Sweden and Estonia.

Finnish residents made 2.7 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 7 per cent less than in the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 2.2 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 1,374 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in November.

The final annual data on the Finnish Travel Survey are published on the homepage of the statistics in May 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

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Updated 1.12.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. October 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.10.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/smat/2011/10/smat_2011_10_2011-12-01_tie_001_en.html