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Tourism in Finland

Tourism in Finland

Finland recorded a total of 896,000 tourists in 2020, ranking 104th 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 Finland, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.16 tourists per resident, Finland ranked 99th in the world. In Northern Europe, it ranked 10th.

Finland generated around 1.76 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.65 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 20 percent of all international tourism receipts in Northern Europe.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 1,658 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Finland spend only around 610 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in Finland

Development of the tourism sector in Finland from 1995 to 2020

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Finland 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 10 countries in Northern Europe.

Tourists per year in Finland

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 2.38 billion USD, or about 1.8 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 1.78 million tourists at that time and roughly 1,340 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.76 billion USD, accounting for 0.65 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,961 USD for his holiday in Finland.

Tourism receipts in Finland per year

All data for Finland in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2020896,0001.76 bn $0.65 %1,961 $
20193.29 m5.94 bn $2.2 %1,807 $
20183.22 m5.76 bn $2.1 %1,787 $
20173.18 m5.21 bn $2.0 %1,638 $
20162.79 m4.02 bn $1.7 %1,440 $
20152.62 m4.01 bn $1.7 %1,530 $
20142.73 m5.41 bn $2.0 %1,981 $
20132.80 m5.77 bn $2.1 %2,064 $
20124.23 m5.42 bn $2.1 %1,282 $
20114.19 m5.62 bn $2.0 %1,339 $
20103.67 m4.50 bn $1.8 %1,225 $
20093.42 m4.07 bn $1.6 %1,190 $
20083.58 m4.88 bn $1.7 %1,361 $
20073.52 m4.29 bn $1.7 %1,218 $
20063.38 m3.52 bn $1.6 %1,041 $
20053.14 m3.07 bn $1.5 %977 $
20042.84 m2.98 bn $1.5 %1,048 $
20032.60 m2.68 bn $1.6 %1,030 $
20022.88 m2.24 bn $1.6 %778 $
20012.83 m2.07 bn $1.6 %731 $
20002.71 m2.04 bn $1.6 %750 $
19992.45 m2.24 bn $1.7 %911 $
19982.64 m2.37 bn $1.8 %897 $
19971.83 m2.36 bn $1.9 %1,287 $
19961.72 m2.41 bn $1.8 %1,397 $
19951.78 m2.38 bn $1.8 %1,340 $


Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The WTO additionally points out that in some countries the number of tourists is only counted at airports, in others also at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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