Norwegians went on several flights abroad last year

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In total, Norwegians had flown on 9.8 million flights abroad last year. This is 500,000 more than the previous year. At the same time, the number of Norwegian holidays are falling sharply.

Statistics from Statistics Norway, show that Norwegians went on a total of 23.6 million professional and holiday trips with accommodation last year. This is 3.5 million fewer than the year before, mainly because the number of domestic trips has fallen.

Looking only at holiday trips, the number was 18.5 million in total and 7.4 million of these were abroad.

– This is the highest number of overseas holiday trips in many years, and one must go back to 2013 to find figures at a similar level, Statistics Norway writes in its review of the figures.

At the same time, Norwegians went on 11.1 million holiday trips in their homeland.

– This was a sharp decline of about 30 percent compared to the previous year. However, the summer of 2018 was exceptionally nice, Norwegians took far more domestic holiday trips that year than usual in previous years. In 2019, the number of domestic holidays was back to the more normal level we have had in the last 15 years, Statistics Norway writes in its review of the figures.

Sweden was the most popular holiday destination for Norwegians abroad – about 1.6 million holiday trips were there last year.

– Spain and Denmark followed with 1.1 and 0.8 million holiday trips, respectively. Looking at the development over time, Norwegians made almost twice as many foreign holidays in 2019 than fifteen years earlier, Statistics Norway writes in its review of the figures.

About one in five trips in 2019 were job related, and a total of about five million such trips were made. 71 percent of professional journeys were made domestically. The three most visited countries for foreign business trips were Sweden, followed by the United Kingdom then Denmark.

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