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Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland down by 4.4%

Staff writer |
The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in April 2015 was 289,500, which was 4.4 percent lower than in April 2014.

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By contrast, overnight stays by resident tourists increased by 1.4 percent and totalled nearly 1.1 million. The total number of overnight stays at accommodation establishments was around 1.4 million, which was almost the same number as in the year before.

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.

The steep decline in overnight stays by Russian visitors tapered off slightly in April 2015. Altogether, close on 35,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 41.1 percent lower than in April 2014.

Russians and Swedes were the largest groups of foreign tourists in April, with Germans in the third place. Altogether, 33,500 nights spent were recorded for Swedish visitors, which was close on one percent more than twelve months earlier.

German visitors spent 23,000 nights in Finland, which was 11.7 percent higher than in April 2014. British visitors came next with 23,000 overnight stays. The number was 3.0 percent lower than last year.

Thirteen to fourteen thousand overnight stays were recorded for Estonian and Norwegian visitors. Overnight stays by Estonian tourists increased by 5 percent, while those by Norwegian tourists decreased by 8.1 percent.

Overnight stays recorded for visitors from the United States declined by 9.3 percent in April and totalled close on 11,000 nights at Finnish accommodation establishments.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, the biggest increase was recorded for Chinese tourists, who spent nearly 7,000 nights at Finnish accommodation establishments. The number was 49.3 percent higher than in April 2014.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased in April most in Kymenlaakso, up by 13.5 percent. The number of overnight stays in Ostrobothnia grew by 10.7 percent, and in Uusimaa and Åland, overnight stays grew by around five percent in each.

The biggest drop in overnight stays was recorded in South Karelia, 12.9 percent. In Etelä-Savo, overnight stays decreased by 7.1 percent and in Päijät-Häme and Kainuu they declined by six percent in each. Overnight stays in the whole country remained on level with April 2014.

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