Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland up by 6.7 per cent in February 2018

April 12, 2018

Nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments continued to grow, by 6.7 per cent from last year, and 600,000 nights were recorded for them in February 2018. The number of nights spent by resident tourists went up by 2.7 per cent and totalled almost 1.1 million at accommodation establishments. A total of close on 1.7 million overnight stays were recorded at Finnish accommodation establishments in February 2018, which was 4.1 per cent more than one year earlier. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland’s statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 20 beds or caravan pitches with electricity connection.

Change in overnight stays in February 2018/2017, %

Change in overnight stays in February 2018/2017, %

Biggest growth percentages came from overnight stays by Chinese and Spanish tourists in February 2018

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Chinese and Spanish visitors increased most in February 2018. Nearly 44,500 overnight stays were recorded for Chinese visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was as much as 76.7 per cent more than in February 2017. Most overnight stays by Chinese visitors, 22,600, were recorded in Lapland, which was 53.1 per cent more than one year before. Overnight stays in Uusimaa by Chinese visitors increased by as much as 88.4 per cent and accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 16,300 nights. Overnight stays recorded for Spanish visitors increased by 36.2 per cent and totalled good 11,600 in February 2018. Overnight stays by Spanish tourists took place almost completely in Lapland and Uusimaa. In both regions, good 4,900 overnight stays were recorded for visitors from Spain. The share of Lapland in all nights spent by foreign visitors was close on 45 per cent and the share of Uusimaa was 32 per cent.

British visitor were the largest group of foreign tourists in February in the whole country

British visitors made up the largest group of foreign tourists in February 2018. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded 61,600 overnight stays for British visitors, which was 1.1 per cent more than one year before. Germans came second with good 56,600 overnight stays. The growth from the year before amounted to 8.0 per cent. French and Russian visitors came next. Altogether, 53,600 nights spent were recorded for French visitors, which was 12.8 per cent more than twelve months earlier. By contrast, the overnight stays of Russian tourists decreased by 16.3 per cent from the year before and amounted to close on 47,000 nights. Overnight stays by Dutch tourists increased by 10.0 per cent and nearly 41,500 nights spent were recorded for them in February 2018, which made them the sixth largest group of tourists after the Chinese.

Examined by region, overnight stays increased in February 2018 most in South Ostrobothnia, up by 21.7 per cent. Overnight stays increased by 11.3 per cent in Kainuu and by 9.2 per cent in North Karelia. Overnight stays grew by some eight per cent in both Lapland and Åland. By contrast, the total number of overnight stays decreased in Kymenlaakso, by 21.8 per cent, and in Etelä-Savo, by 14.9 per cent. In the whole country, overnight stays increased by 4.1 per cent from February 2017.

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland.

More statistics: Visit Finland, Statistics Service Rudolf.