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Published: 21 October 2021

Domestic trips increased by nearly one third in the hot summer of 2021

According to Statistics Finland’s preliminary data, the number of leisure trips with overnight stay in Finland increased in May to August 2021 by nearly one third from the year before.

The number of international flights started to grow slowly towards the summer, but the number of trips abroad made by air was, however, 90 per cent lower in May to August than two years ago.

During May to August 2021, Finnish residents made 13.2 million domestic leisure trips with overnight stay and 0.6 million leisure trips abroad, of which 0.4 million were trips with overnight stay in the destination country.

Leisure trips in January to April 2015 to 2021* (excl. domestic same-day trips and trips with free accommodation)

Leisure trips in January to April 2015 to 2021* (excl. domestic same-day trips and trips with free accommodation)

In the second four months of 2021, Finnish residents aged 15 to 84 made 27.5 million trips, when leisure trips in Finland and abroad, as well as business and professional trips are included. In addition to trips with overnight stay, the number also includes same-day trips in Finland and abroad.

Altogether 13.2 million domestic leisure trips with overnight stay were made in the May to August period. In all, 9.9 million of them were trips with free accommodation, which is about 30 per cent more than in May to August last year. Leisure trips with overnight stay at paid accommodation numbered 3.3 million and their most population destinations were Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa and Southwest Finland. The number of domestic trips with paid accommodation was good one quarter higher than in May to August of the previous year.

July was the most popular month for travelling in the summer season, as then 1.3 million domestic trips with paid accommodation and 3.0 million trips with free accommodation were made. Fourteen per cent of trips with paid accommodation made in July were headed to Uusimaa, nine per cent to Southwest Finland and eight per cent to Pirkanmaa, Central Finland, North Ostrobothnia and Lapland.

Spending time at summer cottages was very popular in the hot summer. Overnight stays at both own and rented cottages increased slightly compared with the top figures in the previous summer. Domestic hotel holidays also increased their popularity by good one third from the summer before.

Finnish residents made 12 million same-day trips abroad in May to August. The most popular regions for day trips in Finland were also Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa and Southwest Finland.

In all, 600,000 leisure trips were made abroad in May to August. The figure includes trips with overnight stay in the destination country, cruises and same-day trips. The number is the same as in the corresponding period of the previous year and over 80 per cent lower than two years ago before the corona crisis.

A total of 420,000 leisure trips abroad included overnight stay in the destination country. One-half of these trips were made to Estonia. The most popular months for travelling were July and August.

Considerably more same-day trips were made to our neighbouring countries than in the summer before, as the number of trips increased by nearly 90 per cent from the previous summer.

In addition to leisure trips, 0.6 million business and professional trips with overnight stay and over one million business and professional trips lasting only one day were made in Finland. Business trips in Finland increased slightly from the corresponding period of the previous year.

These data derive from Statistics Finland's Finnish Travel survey for which data were collected from altogether 4,511 Finnish residents aged 15 to 84 on the web or alternatively as a telephone interview in June, July, August and September.


Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

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

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 21.10.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. Summer (1.5.-31.8) 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 29.2.2024].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/smat/2021/14/smat_2021_14_2021-10-21_tie_001_en.html