Ciao, hej! Italians and Swedes swell Finland’s tourist numbers

Overnight stays by tourists - both foreign and domestic - are growing according to the latest figures.

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki / Credit: Henryk Björkström, News Now Finland

The number of tourists staying overnight in Finland is growing, with Swedes still the biggest group.

According to the latest figures from Statistics Finland released on Thursday, there were 1.8 million overnight stays in hotels during September with 510,000 of them by foreign visitors.

That’s an increase of 2% year-on-year for domestic tourists, and a 9% increase of foreign tourists.

The largest number of foreign tourists were Swedes with 44,600 overnight stays; with Russians (42,300) the second largest group; followed by Germans (41,800); and then Chinese tourists (32,500).

Among the fastest-growing countries for inbound tourism is Italy, with overnight stays by Italian tourists up 38% in September compared with the year before.

Taking a look at the whole year so far, between January and September the total number of hotel nights grew 3.5% compared to the same period a year before.