Tourism in Finland – key facts and figures
FINNISH TOURISM YEAR 2015
In 2015, accommodation establishments in Finland recorded nearly 19.8 million overnight stays, of which domestic tourists accounted for 14.2 million and foreign tourists for 5.5 million. The foreign demand for accommodation services declined by 3.5 per cent, while the domestic demand grew by 1.1 per cent compared with the previous year. Total demand for accommodation services declined by only 0.2 per cent in 2015. . The largest markets for overnight stays were the neighbouring countries of Russia and Sweden, followed by Germany and the United Kingdom. Overnight stays by Chinese visitors increased most in 2015. They spent close on 182,000 nights in Finland, which was 41.3 per cent more than in 2014.
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FOREIGN OVERNIGHTS IN 2015 BY COUNTRY, ACCORDING TO ACCOMMODATION STATISTICS
United Kingdom 471,869
The structure of tourism from all main markets each has their own characteristics related to travel season, area and preferred activities.
Southern Finland and the archipelago are the number one area for most tourists (63 % of overnights). The Lakeland area has become increasingly attractive over the years (17 % of overnights). Finnish Lapland has maintained its popularity (21 % of overnights).
Source: Statistics Service Rudolf, Statistics Finland
7.4 MILLION FOREIGN VISITORS IN 2015
According to Visit Finland Visitor Survey, Finland received 7.4 million foreign visitors in 2015. They brought €2.4 billion to Finland.
Source: Visit Finland Visitor Survey 2015
TOURISM’S SIGNIFICANCE TO FINLAND’S NATIONAL ECONOMY
In 2014, a total of €14.2 billion was spent on tourism in Finland. This includes the consumption expenditure of Finnish and foreign tourists. Foreign travellers accounted for 28 % (EUR 4.03 bn) of total tourism consumption.
TOURISM’S SHARE OF GDP
In 2014, the value added generated by tourism amounted to €4.4 bn, i.e. 2.5 % of Finland’s GDP. More than twice as big as the health technology export.
EMPLOYMENT IMPACT OF TOURISM
Total employment in the tourism sector was 140,000 people in 2014.
Finnish residents’ most popular destinations for leisure trips with overnight stay in the destination country in 2015
United Kingdom 200,000