Published: 3 October 2012

Finnish residents’ travel in home country increased in May–August 2012

Corrected at 10:30 am on 3 October 2012. This publication replaces the Finnish Travel publication that was released at 9:00 am on 3 October 2012 and contained erroneous data in its appendix tables.

There are no signs of abatement in the growing popularity of paid trips, for Finnish residents travelled abundantly both in the home country and abroad during the May-August period of 2012. Eight per cent more domestic trips with paid accommodation were made than one year earlier. Travel abroad was even livelier, increasing by nearly 17 per cent from the respective period of the year before.

Finns' leisure trips, cumulative accumulation monthly 2009-2012

Finns' leisure trips, cumulative accumulation monthly 2009-2012

In the second four months of 2012, Finnish residents aged 15 to 84 made altogether 16 million trips when all domestic and foreign leisure trips, as well as business and professional trips are included. In addition to trips with overnight stay, the number also includes same-day trips abroad.

Altogether 11.7 million domestic leisure trips with overnight stay were made in the May-August period. Of these, 8.9 million were trips to own free-time residence or visits to friends or relatives. Trips with overnight stay at paid accommodation numbered 2.9 million and their most population destinations were located in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa and Varsinais-Suomi. The number of trips with paid accommodation recorded in statistics was eight per cent higher than in May-August of the previous year.

Inclusive of trips with overnight stay in the destination country, cruises and same-day trips, leisure trips abroad numbered 3.1 million in the May-August period. Of the leisure trips abroad, 2,448,000 were trips with overnight stay in the destination country and 406,000 were cruises with overnight stay on board only. The cruises were mostly headed to Sweden and Estonia. Same-day trips abroad numbered 246,000 in May-August.

The neighbouring countries of Estonia and Sweden attract Finnish travellers irrespective of the season. In May-August, 744,000 trips with overnight stay were headed to Estonia and 284,000 to Sweden. Northern Mediterranean countries also remained favourite summer destinations for Finnish residents. In May-August, 496,000 trips were headed to the Mediterranean, 142,000 of them to Greece and 123,000 to Spain. The number of trips with overnight stay in the destination country recorded in statistics was 34 per cent higher than in last year's respective time period.

In addition to leisure trips, one million domestic business or professional trips were made. Business or professional trips abroad (inclusive of trips with overnight stay in the destination country, cruises and same-day trips) numbered 557,000.

These data derive from Statistics Finland’s Finnish Travel survey for which altogether 5,675 Finnish residents aged 15 to 84 were interviewed in June, July, August and September. In earlier years, the data were collected from persons aged 15 to 74. The data collection of the survey was revised from the beginning of 2012, so the latest data are not fully comparable with earlier data.

Notes to the appendix tables

From 2012 onwards the figures are not fully comparable with those on earlier years due to the revised data collection method.

[..] Data not available or too uncertain for presentation.
[  ] No observations in the survey.

In some tables the sums do not amount to the totals shown because of rounding.


Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 3.10.2012

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