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News 26.09.2019

Nights spent by foreign visitors in Finland increased by 4 per cent in August 2019

Nights spent by foreign visitors in Finland increased by 4 per cent in August 2019, 0.78 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident visitors.

Overnight stays by resident visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments increased by 3.5 per cent from last year and 1.62 million nights were recorded for them in August 2019. Overnight stays by foreign visitors increased by 4.0 per cent and 0.78 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident visitors. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 2.4 million overnight stays, which was 3.6 per cent more than one year before. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland’s statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 20 beds or caravan pitches with electricity connection.

Change in overnight stays in August 2019/2018, %

Change in overnight stays in August 2019/2018, %

Overnight stays by Russians increased most in August 2019

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Russians increased most in absolute numbers, by 7,700 nights. This was eight per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Swedes, down by 900 nights. Their overnight stays were one per cent down in August 2018.

The biggest group of non-resident visitors were Russians with 99,800 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 89,800 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 73,700 overnight stays, and fourth were Mainland Chinese with 49,300 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was visitors from the United States (36,500 nights), sixth was Italian visitors (35,500 nights), seventh British visitors (35,500 nights) and eight Japanese visitors (30,000 nights).

In Uusimaa, overnight stays by non-resident visitors increased by seven per cent in August 2019

Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in Central Ostrobothnia, by 17 per cent, and second most in South Karelia, by 12 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays decreased most in relative terms in Central Finland, by eight per cent and second most in South Savo, by seven per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 411,000 overnight stays by non-resident visitors and accommodation establishments in Lapland 65,000. Overnight stays by non-resident visitors increased by 6.8 per cent in Uusimaa and declined by 4.2 per cent in Lapland from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 52 per cent and that of Lapland eight per cent.

Total number of nights spent grew by 3.4 per cent in January to August 2019

From January to August 2019, a total of 16.24 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 3.4 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 11.39 million overnight stays were recorded for resident visitors and 4.85 million for non-resident visitors. The number of nights spent by resident visitors increased by 4.1 per cent and nights spent by non-resident visitors by 1.8 per cent from the previous year.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Mainland Chinese increased most in absolute numbers, by 38,700 nights. This was 17 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Britons, down by 9,100 nights. Their overnight stays were three per cent down from January to August 2018.

The biggest group of non-resident visitors were Russians with 595,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 505,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 417,000 overnight stays, and fourth were Britons with 300,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Mainland Chinese visitors (266,000 nights), sixth was French visitors (255,000 nights), seventh visitors from the United States (221,000 nights) and eight were Dutch visitors (204,000 nights).

Visit Finland Rudolf Statistics Service

Source:AccommodationStatistics.Statistics Finland