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More tourists and visitors head to Finland this year

Monday, 20 June 2011
Finland is again attracting more visitors. The number of tourists to the far north is on the rise but not yet at the level before the current economic downturn. Visitors from Russia remain the largest single group, accounting for 40 percent of the total. Last year Finland received some 6.2 million visitors.

Finland’s pull on visitors has also been boosted by the unrest in several Arab nations. The Finnish Tourist Board says unrest in North Africa had made French holidaymakers, for example, to look north. A change in travelling habits will be more evident as the current holiday season proceeds.


A newly introduced fast rail service between Helsinki and St. Petersburg has brought more visitors from the east. In addition to Russians, Finland is also a favourite haunt for visitors from Germany, Estonia and Sweden.

Last year, tourists spent a total of two billion euros in Finland. This was almost half a billion euros more than in 2009.

Most foreign tourists focus their visit on Helsinki and the exotic expanse of Finnish Lapland. Many people are also visiting the city of Turku, one of two European Culture Capitals this year.
News source Yle

Key Finnish Facts
Official Name Republic of Finland
President Tarja Halonen
Prime minister
Population 5.3 Million
Capital City Helsinki
Monetary Unit Euro (€)
  €1 = 100 cent
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Official Language Finish - 92%
Swedish - 6%
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Internet Speed 4.5 Mbps (2009)
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