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 2016, foreign tourists spent about EUR 3,6 billion in Finland. The estimated inbound tourism demand is EUR 4 billion for year 2017.

The tourism cluster provided employment for 137,800 people in 2016. 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 – 2016.

  • Calculated in Euros, the total tourism demand was € 13,8 billion in 2016. The share of inbound tourism demand accounted for about 26 per cent, 3,6 billion euros.
  • A total of 137 800 people worked in industries linked to tourism in 2016, which is 5.5 per cent of all employed people in Finland.
  • In year 2015, the direct gross added value generated by tourism increased by 2,7% (EUR 4,5 billion) from year 2014.  
  • In 2017, there were 15,2 million overnight stays of domestic tourists and 6,7 million overnight stays of foreign tourists in Finland. Russia was still the most important market. The biggest growth was reported from Chinese markets (+35,3%).

Tourism Account report (in Finnish, with summary and key figures in English)


The MEAE Business Sector Services publishes an annual sectoral report on the state and future prospects of the tourism business. Reports 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: Sanna Kyyrä sanna.kyyra(at)