February 20, 2017

Helsinki tourism breaks records, too

July and August were the busiest tourist months in Helsinki in 2016.
July and August were the busiest tourist months in Helsinki in 2016.
Lauri Rotko / Visit Helsinki

Helsinki enjoyed a record number of overnight stays by travellers last year, and over a half of them were from abroad.

Just last week, it was reported that the number of visitor stays in Lapland reached an all-time high in 2016.

According to Visit Helsinki, the number of registered overnight stays in the capital neared 3 577 000. The busiest months were July and August.

This represents an increase of several percentage points on 2015’s figures, both by foreign and domestic travellers.

Most foreign visitors came from Germany, Sweden, the US, Russia, the UK, Japan and China. The number grew most among US tourists, followed by Japan, China, Spain and Sweden.

Japanese tourists are particularly keen on getting to know the capital: almost two-thirds of the overnight stays by travellers from Japan were in Helsinki.

This year, Helsinki will host events in abundance, partially due to the country’s centennial celebrations, thus the year ahead is expected to be a busy one.

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