National Travel Survey
The National Travel Survey provides an overall picture of Finnish passenger mobility and its background as well as demographic, geographic and temporal variations in mobility.
The survey provides information required for transport planning such as information on travel modes in addition to an overall view of mobility and its influencing factors. The passenger transport survey provides base data for transport related research, surveys and decision making.
The survey was conducted by interviewing over 12 000 Finns by telephone during the years 2010-2011. The research report was completed in March 2012.
Customer specific additional analysis can be performed on the data. The data is available for research use by obtaining permission from the Finnish Transport Agency. WSP Finland Ltd is responsible for maintaining the data.
The Purpose of the Survey
The passenger transport survey can be used to form an overall picture of the travel habits of Finns and the demographic, geographic and temporal variations in travel. The survey can be used to assess trip counts, travel times and travel distances.
The purpose of the survey is to collect basic information about the mobility of Finnish people. This information is of assistance when improving mobility possibilities and traffic safety as well as in attempting to reduce the environmental impacts of transport.
The National Travel Survey provides high quality research data and information needed for transport planning such as information on travel modes in addition to an overall view of mobility and its influencing factors. The National Travel Survey provides base data for diverse transport related research.
Because travel habits and opportunities change over time, the passenger transport survey is repeated at set intervals. The first survey was conducted in 1974. You can find information about the 1998-1999, 2004-2005 and 2010-2011 surveys from these pages. These constitute the most up to date research into the daily travel patterns of Finnish people.
Basic information about the 2010-2011, 2004-2005 and 1998-1999 passenger transport surveys:
- The population of the study consists of all over six year old census registered people in Finland excluding residents of Åland.
- The 2010-2011 survey data was collected from June 2010 to May 2011 and included all the days in a one year period. The sample size was 22 518. The sample size for one study day was 60-62 persons.
- The 2004-2005 survey data was collected from June 2004 to May 2005 and included all the days in a one year period. The sample size was 20 075. The sample size for one study day was 55.
- The 1998-1999 survey data was collected from July 1998 to June 1999 and included all the days in a one year period. The sample size was 18 250. The sample size for one study day was 50.
The National Travel Survey 2016 is ongoing: survey data is gathered during the year 2016 by phone, online form and mail survey. Results will be available by the end of 2017.