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Mon, 03 Jun, 2013 01:46:37 AM
FTimes Report, June 3



Russian tourists in Helsinki. Photo - Lehtikuva
The inflow of foreign travellers in Finland increased by five per cent in 2012 compared to that of 2011, according to the Border Interview Survey by Statistics Finland and Finnish Tourist Board.  
The number of foreign visitors in 2012 was recorded 7.6 million and the number is 400,000 higher than the number of 2011, said the report.
The foreign visitors have brought EUR 2.3 billion to Finland, which was approximately EUR 70 million or three per cent higher than that of the previous year.
Visitors from Russia made up the largest visitor group as a total of 47 per cent of the visitors, or approximately 3.6 million visitors in total, came from Russia.
Russian visitors to Finland increased by 10 per cent in comparison with the previous year. The second largest group of visitors came from Estonia.
The number of visitors from Estonia grew by seven per cent from the previous year. During the year, a total of 758,000 Estonian visitors travelled to Finland and their share of the total number of passengers was 10 per cent.
For the second year in a row, the number of Estonian visitors exceeded Swedish visitors.
Out of the total foreign visitors, 55 per cent made leisure trips to Finland in 2012 while 10 per cent came to visit friends or relatives, 21 per cent of foreign visitors came for business.
The number of foreigners staying at hotels grew by two per cent from the year before.
Foreigners stayed an average of 4.1 nights in Finland. Forty-five per cent of the trips to Finland did not include an overnight stay.
Visitors from Russia made the highest number of same-day visits to Finland; over two-thirds of visitors living in Russia did not stay overnight in Finland.
In terms of total number, visitors from Estonia and Russia spent the most nights in Finland.
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