Tourism in Estonia

Estonia recorded a total of 3 million tourists in 2017, ranking 72nd in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Estonia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 2.5 tourists per resident, Estonia ranked 29th in the world. In Northern Europe, it ranked 2nd.

Estonia generated around 2.14 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 7.1 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Estonia from 1995 to 2017

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Estonia each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all countries in Northern Europe.

Tourists per year in Estonia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 452.00 million USD, or about 10.33 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 530,000 tourists at that time and roughly 853 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.14 billion USD, accounting for 8.1 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 661 USD for his holiday in Estonia.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Estonia per year

All data for Estonia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995530,000452.00 m $10.33 %853 $
1996665,000565.00 m $11.90 %850 $
1997730,000597.00 m $11.78 %818 $
1998825,000668.00 m $11.89 %810 $
1999950,000702.00 m $12.26 %739 $
20001.22 m657.00 m $11.56 %539 $
20011.32 m661.00 m $10.58 %501 $
20021.36 m737.00 m $10.07 %541 $
20031.46 m883.00 m $9.0 %604 $
20041.75 m1.11 bn $9.2 %635 $
20051.92 m1.23 bn $8.8 %641 $
20061.94 m1.36 bn $8.0 %702 $
20071.90 m1.42 bn $6.4 %745 $
20082.22 m1.64 bn $6.8 %739 $
20092.18 m1.09 bn $5.5 %500 $
20102.51 m1.07 bn $5.5 %424 $
20112.82 m1.26 bn $5.4 %445 $
20122.96 m1.29 bn $5.6 %435 $
20133.11 m2.02 bn $8.0 %650 $
20143.16 m2.28 bn $8.6 %721 $
20152.96 m1.89 bn $8.2 %637 $
20163.13 m1.94 bn $8.1 %620 $
20173.25 m2.14 bn $8.1 %661 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.