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Published: 31 October 2008

Leisure trips in September 2008

In September Finnish residents made 299,000 overnight leisure trips abroad. Of these trips 220,000 included one or more overnights in the country of destination. A one-fourth 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 1,526 persons aged 15 to 74 permanently resident in Finland were interviewed in October.

Finnish residents made 1.6 million leisure trips in Finland. This is 14 per cent up from the corresponding period in the year before. Most of the trips, or 1.3 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 September 2008 and annual change, preliminary data

  Trips in September Annual change, %
9/2008 - 9/2007
Cumulative annual change, %
1-9/2008 - 1-9/2007
Domestic trips with paid accommodation 288,000 -11 3
Trips to own free-time residence and visits to friends and relatives 1,310,000 22 1
Trips in Finland, total 1,598,000 14 1
Trips abroad, overnight in country of destination 220,000 3 8
  - Estonia 57,000 27 5
  - Other countries 163,000 -4 8
Cruises, overnight on board only 79,000 -4 4
  - To Estonia 29,000 81 20
  - To Sweden 50,000 -24 -5
Trips abroad, total 299,000 1 7
Leisure trips, total 1,897,000 12 2

Source: Finnish Travel. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 31.10.2008

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. September 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 19.4.2024].
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