Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland up by 7.7 per cent in March 2018

May 9, 2018

Number of overnight stays by foreign tourists continued growing at Finnish accommodation establishments in March 2018. Good 574,000 nights spent were recorded for them, which was 7.7 per cent more than twelve months earlier. The number of nights spent by resident tourists went up by 3.8 per cent and totalled 1.3 million at accommodation establishments. In all, slightly under 1.9 million overnight stays were recorded at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 5.0 per cent more than in March 2017. 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 March 2018/2017, %

Change in overnight stays in March 2018/2017, %

Russians were the largest group of foreign tourists on the level of the whole country in March

Russians made up the largest group of foreign tourists in March 2018. Good 66,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at accommodation establishments, which was 22.8 per cent more than one year before. German tourists came second with almost 57,000 recorded overnight stays. The growth from the year before amounted to 11.3 per cent. French and British visitors came next. Slightly under 43,000 overnight stays were recorded for French visitors at accommodation establishments, which was 16.5 per cent more than one year before. Overnight stays by British visitors increased by 5.6 per cent from last year and totalled around 36,500. Overnight stays by Dutch tourists increased by as much as 36.2 per and good 33,000 were recorded for them in March, which took them past Swedes to the fifth place. Swedes had nearly the same number of overnight stays as Dutch visitors, but their number fell by 15.6 per cent from last year.

Examined by region, overnight stays increased in March 2018 most in Satakunta, up by 14.4 per cent. Overnight stays increased by 12.6 per cent in Central Finland and by 10.5 per cent in North Ostrobothnia. In Pirkanmaa, Päijät-Häme, Etelä-Savo and North Karelia, overnight stays increased by nine per cent in each. In contrast, the total number of overnight stays decreased in Central Ostrobothnia by 18.3 per cent and in Kymenlaakso by 12.4 per cent. In the whole country, overnight stays increased by 5.0 per cent from March 2017.

Total number of nights spent at all accommodation establishments grew by 4.2 per cent in January to March 2018

Between January and March 2018, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 5.1 million. This was 4.2 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year earlier. Nearly 3.3 million overnight stays were recorded at accommodation establishments for resident tourists and 1.8 million overnight stays for non-resident tourists. The overnight stays of resident visitors increased by 2.6 per cent and those of non-resident visitors by 7.1 per cent from the previous year’s corresponding period.

The number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled nearly 276,000 in January to March 2018, which was 4.3 per cent up on the respective period of 2017. They were still the biggest country of inbound tourism to Finland in 2018. British visitors came next with close on 163,000 overnight stays. Overnight stays by British tourists went up by 3.1 per cent. Germans were in the third position with 156,500 overnights. The number was 7.9 per cent higher than in January to March 2017. Accommodation establishments also recorded plenty of overnight stays by French and Dutch visitors. Nearly 146,000 nights were recorded for French visitors and good 116,000 for Dutch tourists. The overnight stays of visitors from France increased by 15.2 per cent and those of Dutch visitors by 19.0 per cent year-on-year.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Spanish and Chinese visitors increased most in January to March 2018. Nights spent by Chinese visitors rose to good 90,000, which was 26.9 per cent more than in January to March 2017. Overnight stays by Spanish tourists at accommodation establishments numbered nearly 41,000, which was 36.2 per cent more than one year before.

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland.

More statistics: Visit Finland, Statistics Service Rudolf.