Finnish tourism in numbers

According to tourism accounts*, tourism has become more important for the Finnish economy in recent years. Revenue generated by tourism has amounted to about EUR 14 billion for several successive years. In 2015, foreign tourists spent about EUR 4 billion in Finland. The tourism cluster provides employment for 140,000 people. Tourism has also significant multiplier effects on other sectors, such as construction, transport, and commerce.

  • In light of the tourism account the importance of tourism for the Finnish economy has remained at 2.5 per cent share of GDP in 2011 – 2015. Calculated in Euros, the total tourism demand was € 14 billion in 2015 and the value added generated by tourism demand was € 3,9 billion. The share of inbound tourism demand accounted for about 27 per cent in 2015.
  • A total of 137 800 people worked in industries linked to tourism in 2015, which is 5.5 per cent of all employed people.
  • The direct gross added value generated by tourism increased by 18% between 2007 and 2012. Especially between 2007 and 2011, tourism grew nearly four times faster than the rest of the Finnish economy. 
  • In 2016, there were 14,6 million overnight stays of domestic tourists and 5.8 million overnight stays of foreign tourists in Finland. Russia was still the most important market.
  • The number of international tourists has doubled during the past 15 years.

The MEE Business Sector Services publishes an annual sectoral report on the state and future prospects of the tourism business. MEE Business Sector Services Sectoral report on tourism (in Finnish)

*Tourism account or Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) is a statistical system which describes the economic and employment impacts of tourism in a comprehensive manner. It has been jointly developed by such bodies as the UN, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the OECD and the EU.

Further information: nina.vesterinen(at)tem.fi