Monday. 08.08.2022

Finnish residents travel less to Estonia and more to Central Europe

Slightly more leisure trips were made to our western and eastern neighbours Sweden and Russia than in the year before.
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Finnish residents made 8.1 million leisure trips abroad in 2019, on level with the previous year, according to Statistics Finland's data.

Finnish residents’ travel to Estonia decreased for the second year in a row, but Central Europe increased its popularity as a leisure destination.

Finnish-residents-travel-2012-2019-destinationsSource: Statistics Finland.

Leisure trips to the southern neighbour Estonia decreased for the second successive year. Slightly more leisure trips were made to our western and eastern neighbours Sweden and Russia than in the year before.

More leisure trips were made to Central Europe than one year earlier. Of the conventional destinations of Southern Europe, Turkey and the Canary Islands in Spain lost some of their popularity.

The number of trips heading outside Europe increased slightly. Despite this, the numbers of trips to the United States and Thailand decreased.

Finnish-residents-travel-tourism-destinations-2019Source: Statistics Finland.

Domestic trips

The number of domestic trips with paid accommodation grew from the previous year. Good seven million of these trips were made in 2019.

Short trips lasting under four nights increased from the year before, but the number of trips with at least four nights decreased from the previous year. As expected, summer months were the most popular time to travel in Finland.

One-fifth of trips with paid accommodation were made to the region of Uusimaa. The next most popular regions were Pirkanmaa and North Ostrobothnia. The most popular towns were Helsinki, Tampere and Turku.

Leisure trips of an average Finn in 2019:

  •      1.6 domestic leisure trips with paid accommodation.
  •      1.4 trips abroad that included overnight stay in the country of destination.
  •      0.4 same-day trips abroad or cruises to neighbouring areas.

The number of business trips in Finland increased slightly but business trips abroad were on level with the previous year.

Finnish residents travel less to Estonia and more to Central Europe
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