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Published: 12 March 2009

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland decreased by 4 per cent in January

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in January 2009 was 540,000, which is 4 per cent less than in January 2008. The total number of recorded overnight stays decreased by one per cent year-on-year and was just short of 1.3 million. By contrast, overnight stays by domestic travellers increased by one per cent from January 2008. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland's statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 10 rooms, cottages, or caravan pitches with electricity connection, and youth hostels.

In January, as also in the past few years, Russians were by far the largest group of foreign tourists with their 254,000 overnight stays. Their nights spent increased by 5 per cent, which largely explains why the total number of nights spent by foreign tourists only fell by 4 per cent. Russians accounted for as much as 47 per cent of the total number of nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland. Britons were next with nearly 55,000 overnight stays. The number of nights they spent at Finnish accommodation establishments decreased by 12 per cent year-on-year. German visitors were the third largest group with 32,000 recorded overnight stays, which was 6.5 per cent down on the year before. Nights spent by visitors from almost all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland decreased in January.

Year-on-year change in nights spent in January 2009/2008, %
Twelve main countries of residence of non-residents having spent nights, share in 2008 in brackets

The standard industrial classification TOL 2008 was introduced in these Tourism Statistics starting from data concerning January 2009. The introduction has caused minor changes to data on the number of establishments in hotel statistics. Further information about the TOL 2008 classification is available in the TOL 2008 section on Statistics Finland's website.

Source: Tourism Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 12.3.2009

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. January 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 9.12.2023].
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