National Travel Survey

For several years, HSL has participated in the planning and conduction of the National Travel Survey. The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom has the main responsibility for the survey.

The purpose of the survey is to provide an overview of mobility in Finland

The National Travel Survey is a follow up study providing information about the travel habits of the residents of Finland. The survey has been carried out approximately every six years in 1974, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998–1999, 2004–2005, 2010–2011, 2016 and 2021.


The purpose of the survey is to provide an overview of mobility in Finland and the factors affecting it as well as information on demographic, regional and temporal variations in passenger trips.


The survey data includes information on different modes of travel, trip purposes and on variation in mobility between different demographic groups. The results are used for decision-making and the planning of services and land use.


In addition, the aim has been to collect baseline data for various surveys related to transport and land use and for traffic modelling. The National Travel Survey is a year-round survey.


The survey is based on a statistically representative sample drawn from the population information system. The target group of the survey includes all people aged six years and over living in Finland, with the exception of the Åland Islands.


Since 2016, urban regions have been able to participate in the survey with their own additional samples to elaborate the region-specific results. The additional samples also enable analysis of regional differences in mobility.



Report for the Helsinki region 2016 (in Finnish)


Report for the Helsinki region 2021 (in Finnish)


More information: Research Specialist Pekka Räty,, +358 40 738 6559