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2. Domestic trips

2.1. Domestic trips including paid accommodation took a hit

In 2014, some 5.9 million leisure trips were made in Finland during which paid accommodation services, such as hotels, camping sites or rented cottages, were used at least once. The number was down by ten per cent, or 661,000 trips, from the year before.

The favourite domestic destinations for Finns, Uusimaa, Lapland and Pirkanmaa had to settle for fewer trips in 2014 than in 2013. Trips to Uusimaa numbered 1.1 million, or 19 per cent of all trips with paid accommodation. Twelve per cent of the trips were made to Lapland and ten per cent to Pirkanmaa.

Lapland attracts tourists around the year but the most popular time to travel there was in March to enjoy spring skiing. When travelling to other parts of Finland, the summer months were most popular period. Altogether, 17 per cent of trips with paid accommodation were made in July.

The number of nights spent during domestic leisure trips involving paid accommodation totalled 14.5 million, which was 12 per cent less than in 2013. Of overnight stays, 64 per cent took place in hotels, holiday villages and camping sites, and 35 per cent in rented cottages. Compared with the previous year, nights spent at hotels decreased by six per cent, nights spent at camp sites by 22 per cent, and nights spent at rented cottages by 14 per cent.

2.2. Free accommodation in Uusimaa

A total of 19 million overnight trips with free accommodation were made in Finland, i.e. to own free-time residences or to relatives or friends. The number of these trips decreased by three per cent, or 653,000 trips, from the year before.

Of the trips with free accommodation, 3.0 million were made to Uusimaa, and 43 per cent of these to Helsinki. In all, 1.9 million of trips with free accommodation were made to Pirkanmaa and 46 per cent of these to Tampere. A total of 1.6 million trips were made to Varsinais-Suomi, 1.5 million to North Ostrobothnia and Central Finland.

The high season for trips with free accommodation was also the summer months, as 35 per cent of trips with free accommodation in 2014 were made in June to August.

2.3. Domestic business trips

A total of 3.6 million business trips with overnight stays were made in Finland in 2014. Eight per cent fewer domestic business trips were made than in 2013.

Domestic business trips are typically very short. Sixty per cent of the trips only last for one night and 31 per cent for two to three nights.

Domestic business trips are usually made by passenger car, as 65 per cent of the trips are made driving one's car. Twenty per cent of business trips are made by train and nine per cent by plane.

Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mervi Härkönen 029 551 3254, Taru Tamminen 029 551 2243,

Director in charge: Hannele Orjala

Updated 10.4.2015

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. 2014, 2. Domestic trips . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 15.4.2024].
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