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Published: 4 April 2008

Leisure trips in February 2008

In February Finnish residents made 398,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 211,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. A good one-sixth of these trips were headed to Estonia. Most of the cruises including overnights on board only were to Sweden and Estonia. These preliminary data are based on Statistics Finland's Finnish Travel Survey for which 1,457 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in March.

Finnish residents made 1.9 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 10 per cent up from the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.5 million, included free accommodation at one's own free-time residence, with relatives or friends or in some other type of free accommodation.

The final and more accurate data on the Finnish Travel Survey are published in the annual publication on Finnish travel. In addition, quarterly preliminary data are published in connection with the monthly publication Tourism Statistics (accommodation statistics) two months after the end of the relevant quarter.

Finnish residents' overnight leisure trips in February 2008 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in February Annual change, %
2/2008 - 2/2007
Cumulative annual change, %
1-2/2008 - 1-2/2007
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 421,000 32 12
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,515,000 5 -3
Trips in Finland, total 1,936,000 10 0
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 211,000 27 15
  - Estonia 36,000 57 30
  - Other countries 175,000 22 13
Cruises, overnight on board only 187,000 46 28
  - To Estonia 69,000 82 75
  - To Sweden 115,000 28 9
Trips abroad, total 398,000 35 21
Leisure trips, total 2,334,000 13 3

Source: Finnish Travel Survey. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Lauri Manninen +358 9 1734 3260 and Ms Ritva Tikkanen +358 9 1734 3300,

Director in charge: Ms Hannele Orjala


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Last updated 4.4.2008

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. February 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.4.2024].
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