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News 29.08.2019

Overnight stays by non-resident visitors remained on level with the previous year in July 2019

Overnight stays by non-resident visitors remained on level with the previous year, growing by 0.3 per cent in July 2019. Altogether, 0.8 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident visitors.

Overnight stays by resident visitors increased by 7.0 per cent at Finnish accommodation establishments from last year and 2.45 million nights were recorded for them in July 2019. Overnight stays by non-resident visitors remained on level with the previous year, growing by only 0.3 per cent. Altogether, 0.8 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident visitors. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 3.26 million overnight stays, which was 5.3 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 July 2019/2018, %

Change in overnight stays in July 2019/2018, %

Overnight stays by Swedes increased most in July 2019

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Swedes increased most in absolute numbers, by 5,600 nights. This was five per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by British visitors, down by 5,100 nights. Their overnight stays were 16 per cent down on July 2018.
The biggest group of non-resident visitors were Swedes with 121,200 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 99,900 overnight stays. The third largest group was Russians with 88,400 overnight stays, and fourth was Mainland Chinese visitors with 37,100 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Norwegians (36,900 nights), sixth visitors from the U.S. (35,600 nights), seventh Swiss visitors (29,100 nights) and eighth British visitors (27,900 nights).

Overnight stays by non-resident visitors increased in Uusimaa by 6 per cent in July 2019

Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in North Karelia, by 32 per cent, and second most in Ostrobothnia, by 17 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays decreased most in relative terms in Satakunta, by 12 per cent, and second most in Central Finland, by seven per cent.
Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 375,000 overnight stays by non-resident visitors and accommodation establishments in Lapland 75,000. Overnight stays by non-resident visitors increased by 6.2 per cent in Uusimaa and diminished by 9.7 per cent in Lapland from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 47 per cent and that of Lapland nine per cent.

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

In January to July 2019, a total of 13.84 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, 9.76 million overnight stays were recorded for resident visitors and 4.08 million for non-resident visitors. The number of nights spent by resident visitors increased by 4.1 per cent and that of nights spent by foreign visitors increased by 1.8 per cent from the previous year.
Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Mainland Chinese visitors increased most in absolute numbers, by 31,400 nights. This was 17 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop occurred in overnight stays by Russian visitors, down by 14,900 nights. Their overnight stays were three per cent down on January to July 2018.
The biggest group of non-resident visitors were Russians with 497,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 417,000 overnight stays. Swedes with 347,000 overnight stays came third and visitors from Britain came fourth with 266,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was French visitors (229,000 nights), sixth Mainland Chinese visitors (217,000 nights), seventh visitors from the U.S. (186,000 nights) and eighth Dutch visitors (182,000 nights).

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Source: Accommodation Statistics.Statistics Finland