Key figures of maritime in Finland

In foreign traffic, the export and import transports increased in the year 2017 in comparison to the year before. Export transport increased by 6,4 percent and import by 1,7 percent. In 2017 the accumulated amount of goods transported in foreign traffic was 98,8 million tonnes. Export was 51,5 million tonnes and respectively import was 47,3 million tonnes. Transports in transito traffic were 8,4 million tonnes, consequently the increase from 2016 was 24,9%.  In total 31 200 ships entered Finnish ports in the year 2017, which is an increase of 2,4 percent. The proportion of Finnish ships increased by 4,7 percent; there were about 10 600 Finnish ships.

The foreign traffic transported 19,2 million travelers, which is an increase of 1,8 percent to the previous year. The traffic to Tallinn had 9,04 travelers, which amounts to 47,1 percent of the total traffic. The amount of travelers traffic to Sweden was 45,9 percent, which stands for 45,9 percent of the total traffic. In the end of the year 2017 there was 110 ships under the Finnish flag.

Import and Export

  • About 90% of Finnish import and export is transported by sea.
  • The passenger ships transport up to 50% of piece goods imports and 60% of exports.
  • Passenger ships transport 31% percent of total export and 26% of total import to Sweden
  • 90% of export and import to Estonia is transported by passenger ships.


Emissions from seafaring

  • The international maritime organization IMO has decided to cut greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by 50% by the year 2050.
  • 90% of goods worldwide are transported by sea and they produce 2,6% of emissions.
  • The carbon oxide emissions of a large containership are 3g/tkm.
  • The carbon oxide emissions of a cargo ship are 7,7 g/tkm.
  • Respectively the emissions per plane are 435 g/ tkm and 80g/tkm per lorry.




Tiina Tuurnala
Managing director

Tiina Tuurnala is Managing Director of Finnish Shipowners’ Association.

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