Published: 21 May 2019

Free-time residence owners usually live in one- or two-dwelling houses

According to Statistics Finland, over one-half of owners of free-time residences live in detached houses, that is, one- or two-dwelling houses. Twenty-eight per cent of owners of free-time residences live in blocks of flats. Eleven per cent of free-time residence owners head out to their free-time residence from terraced houses.

Dwelling of free-time residence owners by type of building 2018, %

Dwelling of free-time residence owners by type of building 2018, %

In 2018, there were 432,300 free-time residences owned by private persons. Free-time residences owned by enterprises, communities, foreigners and decedent’s estates amounted to 77,500. In all, there were 509,800 free-time residences, or half a per cent more than in 2017.

Residents of blocks of flats have the longest journey to their free-time residence

The median distance from a free-time residence owner’s home to the free time residence is slightly under forty kilometres. Thus, one-half of free-time residence owners have a longer journey and one-half a shorter journey. The median journey for free-time residence owners living in detached houses is 29 kilometres. The corresponding figure for those living in blocks of flats is around 60 kilometres, in other words, considerably longer.

Median journey to free-time residence by type of building of owner’s dwelling 2018, km

Median journey to free-time residence by type of building of owner’s dwelling 2018, km

Kuopio is the municipality with most free-time residences

In 2018, the number of free-time residences was highest in Kuopio, 10,800. There were almost as many free-time residences in Mikkeli, or 10,500. Parainen came third in this comparison, with 8,800 free-time residences. Other municipalities with over 8,000 free-time residences were Lohja, Savonlinna and Hämeenlinna.

Table 1. Municipalities with highest number of free-time residences in 2018

  Regional division based on municipalities on 1 Jan. 2019 Number of free-time residences
1. Kuopio 10 805
2. Mikkeli 10 536
3. Parainen 8 820
4. Lohja 8 516
5. Savonlinna 8 455
6. Hämeenlinna 8 368
7. Kouvola 7 785
8. Salo 7 071
9. Kuusamo 6 902
10. Raasepori 6 636

Source: Buildings and Free-time Residences, Statistics Finland

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Updated 21.5.2019

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Buildings and free-time residences [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-6796. 2018. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.6.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/rakke/2018/rakke_2018_2019-05-21_tie_001_en.html