FINNISH TOURISM YEAR 2017 – KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
In 2017, accommodation establishments in Finland recorded 21.9 million overnight stays, of which domestic travelers accounted for 15.2 million and foreign visitors for 6.7 million. The foreign demand for accommodation services grew by 16.8 per cent, and the domestic demand by 4.1 per cent compared with the previous year. The largest markets for overnight stays were Russia, Germany, Sweden, and United Kingdom. Among the 24 biggest countries of origin in 2017, overnight stays increased the most by visitors from India, Australia and China (incl. Hong Kong).
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FOREIGN OVERNIGHTS IN 2017 BY COUNTRY, ACCORDING TO ACCOMMODATION STATISTICS
- Russia 821,700
- Germany 623,000
- Sweden 597,300
- United Kingdom 585,800
- China and Hong Kong 361,800
- France 280,100
- USA 268,700
- Japan 238,300
- The Netherlands 227,400
- Estonia 219,500
The structure of tourism from all main markets has their own characteristics related to travel season, area and preferred activities.
Helsinki metropolitan area (43% of all foreign overnights) and Finnish Lapland (24% of overnights) are the most popular areas for foreign overnight visitors, followed by the lakeland area (17% of overnights) and the coastal & archipelago area (16% of overnights).
Source: Statistics Service Rudolf, Statistics Finland
8.3 million foreign visitors in 2017
According to Visit Finland Visitor Survey, Finland received 8.3 million foreign visitors in 2017. Five million of these travelers were overnight visitors and 3.3. million were day-trip visitors.
The foreign visitors brought in total €3.0 billion to Finland.
Source: Visit Finland Visitor Survey 2017
TOURISM’S SIGNIFICANCE TO FINLAND’S NATIONAL ECONOMY
In 2016, a total of €13.8 billion was spent on tourism in Finland. This includes the consumption expenditure of Finnish and foreign tourists. Foreign travellers accounted for 27 % (€3.66 bn) of total tourism consumption.
In 2016, the value added generated by tourism amounted to €4.6 billion. Tourism’s contribution to the GDP is 2.5 %.
Employment impact of tourism
Total employment in the tourism sector was 140,000 people in 2016.
Finnish residents’ most popular destinations for leisure trips with overnight stay in the destination country in 2017
United Kingdom 248,000