This page is archived.

Data published after 5 April 2022 can be found on the renewed website.

Go to the new statistics page

Published: 9 April 2009

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland decreased by 17 per cent in February

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in February 2009 was 340,000, which was as much as 17 per cent less than in February 2008. The number of nights spent by resident tourists also fell by 7 per cent from last year. The total number of overnight stays decreased by 10 per cent from February 2008 and accommodation establishments recorded 1.3 million of them. 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.

Overnight stays contracted strongly in February. The numbers of overnight stays in Finland of visitors from all the most important inbound tourism countries were significantly lower than in the year before. Visitors from the UK and Russia were the largest groups of foreign tourists in February, with 51,000 nights spent recorded for both. Nights spent by visitors from the UK fell by one-quarter and those spent by Russian tourists by 15 per cent. German, French and Swedish visitors came next. Their overnight stays decreased by between 10 and 13 per cent from last year. Nights spent by visitors from Norway and the USA decreased most, or by 28 and 31 per cent. Overnight stays by Italian and Spanish tourists fell by one-fifth from February 2008.

Year-on-year change in nights spent in February 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

Inquiries: Ms Marjut Tuominen +358 9 1734 3556 and Ms Ritva Marin +358 9 1734 2552,

Director in charge: Hannele Orjala


Tables in databases

Pick the data you need into tables, view the data as graphs, or download the data for your use.

Last updated 9.4.2009

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. February 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 3.12.2023].
Access method: