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

Russia 782,848
Sweden 549,870
Germany 543,294
United Kingdom 471,869
France 230,090
Japan 203,411
USA 202,546
Estonia 188,899
Norway 185,995
China 181,862

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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.

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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.

OUTBOUND TRAVEL

Finnish residents’ most popular destinations for leisure trips with overnight stay in the destination country in 2015

Estonia 1,529,000
Spain 648,000
Sweden 607,000
Germany 326,000
Russia 238,000
Greece 237,000
Italy 230,000
Turkey 214,000
United Kingdom 200,000
Norway 189,000

Source: Finnish Travel 2015, Statistics Finland

27.9.2016