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5. Eighty-three per cent of Finns made at least one leisure trip in 2019

A total of 3.8 million, or 83 per cent of Finnish residents aged 15 to 84, made at least one leisure trip that included an overnight stay during 2019. Included are all domestic and outbound leisure trips, as well as trips to free-time residences and visits to friends and relatives.

As many as 89 per cent of those living in the Helsinki region made some leisure trip with an overnight stay. The level of education also had an impact on how actively people travel, because 90 per cent of those with the highest level of education made a leisure trip with an overnight stay. Examined by age group, tourism was most common for persons aged 15 to 24, as 90 per cent of them made a leisure trip with an overnight stay. Families with children also made more trips than others, because 88 per cent of households of more than two persons made a leisure trip with overnight stay. Seventeen per cent of the population did not make any leisure trips with overnight stays outside their usual environment during 2019.

In 2019, around 2.0 million Finnish residents aged 15 to 84 made at least one leisure trip in Finland with paid accommodation. This is 44 per cent of all those belonging to the age group. At least one leisure trip abroad with overnight stay in the destination country was made by 49 per cent of all persons belonging to this age group.

Every fifth Finnish resident aged 15 to 84, or one million persons, made a business trip in Finland which involved staying overnight or a business trip abroad during which a night was spent in the destination country.

Respondents were also asked the reason for not having travelled. Of Finnish residents who had not travelled, close on one third said they were unwilling to travel, one fifth said that medical reasons prevented them from travelling, and one fifth did not travel for economic reasons. Among the survey respondents, the economic situation as the reason for giving up leisure trips has remained relatively constant in the past six years.


Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Taru Tamminen 029 551 2243, Ossi Nurmi 029 551 2984, liikenne.matkailu@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mari Yl-Jarkko


Updated 11.6.2020

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. 2019, 5. Eighty-three per cent of Finns made at least one leisure trip in 2019 . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.4.2024].
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