Passenger traffic between Russia, Finland down 24%

Passenger traffic through ground checkpoints between Russia and Finland has reduced by 24% in the seven months of 2015, the Finnish Border Service has said.

Passenger traffic through ground checkpoints between Russia and Finland has reduced by 24% in the seven months of 2015, the Finnish Border Service has said.

Tourist arrivals have been on decline since 2014 yet a certain stabilization has been attained in the past three months, deputy head of the eastern Finland border service Jakko Olli told reporters in St. Petersburg on August 26.

Passenger traffic through southeastern checkpoints has declined 24% year-on-year (as of July 31), mostly due to the economic circumstances and a decline in the purchasing power of Russians, he said.

The drop was the largest, 34%, at the Imatra checkpoint. Passenger traffic reduced by 21% at the Vaalimaa checkpoint and 20% at the Nuijamaa checkpoint.

Passenger traffic was markedly growing at every checkpoint in 2012-2013.

At the same time, Finnish border authorities have reported the growing interest of Finnish tourists in Russia due to the fuel prices at Russian gas stations.

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