Tourism in Finland – key facts and figures

FINNISH TOURISM YEAR 2016

In 2016, accommodation establishments in Finland recorded 20.3 million overnight stays, of which domestic tourists accounted for 14.6 million and foreign tourists for almost 5.8 million. The foreign demand for accommodation services grew by 4.7 per cent, and the domestic demand by 2.4 per cent compared with the previous year. The largest markets for overnight stays were the neighboring countries of Russia and Sweden, followed by Germany and the United Kingdom. Overnight stays by visitors from China and Hong Kong increased most in 2016. They spent 271,400 nights in Finland, which was 29 per cent more than in 2015.

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FOREIGN OVERNIGHTS IN 2016 BY COUNTRY, ACCORDING TO ACCOMMODATION STATISTICS

Russia 697,596
Sweden 549,292
Germany 540,342
United Kingdom 500,738
China and Hong Kong 271,405
France 249,997
USA 231,708
Japan 214,495
Estonia 193,376
Norway 180,851

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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.

Helsinki metropolitan area (42 % of overnights) and Finnish Lapland (23 % of overnights) are the most popular areas for tourists, followed by the archipelago (19% of overnights). Lakeland area has become increasingly attractive over the years (16 % of overnights).

Source: Statistics Service Rudolf, Statistics Finland

7.7 MILLION FOREIGN VISITORS IN 2016

According to Visit Finland Visitor Survey, Finland received 7.7 million foreign visitors in 2016. They brought €2.5 billion to Finland.

Source: Visit Finland Visitor Survey 2016

TOURISM’S SIGNIFICANCE TO FINLAND’S NATIONAL ECONOMY

In 2015, 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.

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TOURISM’S SHARE OF GDP

In 2016, the value added generated by tourism amounted to €3.9 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 2015.

OUTBOUND TRAVEL

Finnish residents’ most popular destinations for leisure trips with overnight stay in the destination country in 2016

Estonia 1,480,000
Spain 740,000
Sweden 710,000
Germany 270,000
Russia 270,000
Italy 260,000
United Kingdom 210,000
Greece 180,000
Norway 150,000
Turkey 100,000

Source: Finnish Travel 2016, Statistics Finland

14.6.2017