Tourism in Finland – key facts and figures
Finnish tourism year 2013
In 2013, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 20.2 million, which was 0.5 per cent down on the year before. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by 1.1 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded nearly 14.4 million of them. Overnight stays by foreign tourists numbered almost 5.9 million, which was 1.1 per cent more than in 2012.
The largest markets for overnight stays were the neighbouring countries of Russia and Sweden, followed by Germany and the United Kingdom. Viewed by continent, the biggest growth came from Asian countries, 17.3 per cent. Among the most important Asian countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by visitors from China and Japan increased most. Overnight stays by Chinese tourists increased by 26.4 per cent and those by Japanese tourists by 16.4 per cent.
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Foreign overnights in 2013 by country, according to Accommodation Statistics:
Russia 1.6 million
Sweden 531 000
Germany 502 000
United Kingdom 456 000
France 214 000
Japan 206 000
Estonia 187 000
Norway 174 000
China 143 000
Switzerland 129 000
Italy 116 000
Spain 97 000
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 (55 % of overnights). The Lakeland area has become increasingly attractive over the years (25 % of overnights). Finnish Lapland has maintained its popularity (20 % of overnights).
Source: Accommodation Statistics 2013 (preliminary data), Statistics Finland
7.6 million foreign visitors in 2012
According to the latest border interview survey, Finland received 7.6 million foreign visitors in 2012 – the number of travellers grew by five per cent from the year 2011,
Foreign visitors brought EUR 2.3 billion to Finland, which was approximately EUR 70 million or three per cent more than in the previous year.
Source: Border Interview Survey by Statistics Finland and Finnish Tourist Board
Tourism’s significance to Finland’s national economy
According to information published by Statistics Finland in 2009, a total of €11 billion was spent on tourism in 2007 in Finland. This includes the consumption expenditure of Finnish and foreign tourists. Foreign travellers accounted for 29% (€3.1bn) of total tourism consumption.
Tourism’s share of GDP
In 2007, the value added generated by tourism amounted to €3.6 billion, i.e. 2.3% of Finland’s GDP. When compared to value added elsewhere, that of tourism was larger than the food industry and almost twice as high as agriculture.
Employment impact of tourism
According to the tourism account, total employment in the tourism sector was calculated at 63,944 people in 2007. This figure includes all full- or part-time, year-round jobs in the catering and accommodation sectors, as well as travel agencies and other corresponding employers. Jobs located in other sectors, but providing services for tourism in particular, are also included.
Source: Tourism account 2007, April 2009, Statistics Finland
Finnish residents’ leisure trips abroad by destination country in 2012
United Kingdom 167,000
Source: Finnish Travel 2012, Statistics Finland