December 14, 2017
Nights spent by foreign visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments continued to grow, by 12.3 per cent from last year and nearly 356,000 nights were recorded for them in October 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 October 2017/2016, %
Russia, Sweden and Germany the biggest countries of inbound tourism to Finland in October.
The top three continued strong in October, only the order changes. Russians were the largest group of foreign visitors with their 39,000 overnight stays. Their overnight stays increased by 13.8 per cent from the year before. Swedes were the second biggest group and 37,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 16.4 per cent more than one year before. German visitors came third with good 28,000 overnight stays. The number of overnight stays by Germans increased by 12.3 per cent. British visitors came fourth, with 20,000 nights recorded, the figure being 14.7 per cent higher than one year previously.
Nights spent by visitors from all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland increased in October
Over 17,500 overnight stays were recorded for both Chinese and Japanese visitors at accommodation establishments. Overnight stays by Chinese visitors increased by 15.8 per cent from last year and those by Japanese by 8.6 per cent. Over 15,000 overnight stays were recorded for visitors from the United States and Estonia. Overnight stays by visitors from the United States increased by 10 per cent while those by Estonians grew by just 0.6 per cent compared with October 2016. Norwegians stayed nearly 12,000 nights at accommodation establishments, which was 4.3 per cent more than last year.
Total number of nights spent by foreign visitors grew by 14.5 per cent in January to October 2017
Between January and October 2017, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland by foreign visitors totaled 5.4 million, which was 14.5 per cent more than during the same period last year.
The number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totaled nearly 669,000 in January to October 2017, which was 16.5 per cent up on the respective period of last year. They were the biggest country of inbound tourism to Finland. Germans came second with 546,000 overnight stays. The number was 14.1 per cent higher than in January to October 2016. Swedes came third with 531,000 nights spent. The figure increased by 7.7 per cent from the corresponding period of last year. British visitors came next with good 359,000 overnight stays. Their overnight stays at accommodation establishments increased by 23.2 per cent.
Nights spent at Finnish accommodation establishments by visitors from all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland increased in January to October 2017. Nights spent by visitors from Mainland China rose the most and their number of stays went up to nearly 267,000, which was 35.4 per cent more than in the corresponding period in 2016. In addition to Chinese, over 200,000 overnight stays were recorded for visitors from the United States, France and Japan, for whom 12 to 15 per cent more overnight stays were recorded than in January to October 2016.
In addition to the above-mentioned, overnight stays by Dutch and Spanish visitors also increased strongly in January to October. Overnight stays by Dutch visitors grew by 27.9 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded nearly 196,000 of them. Overnight stays recorded for Spanish visitors numbered 114,000, which was 17.5 per cent more than in January to October 2016.
Change in overnight stays in January-October 2017/2016, %
Source: Statistics Finland, Accommodation Statistics.
More statistics: Visit Finland, Statistics Service Rudolf.