Russia obtained 790,000 Visas for Finland in 2019; an increase of 18% as compared to 2018. The Consulate General of Finland also stated that Finland tops the list for issuing the most number of Visa to Russia among other EU countries.
Mikko Hautala, Finnish ambassador in Moscow, said that the surge in Visa applications is due to increasing tourism and the stable Russian rouble. The Russian rouble was pretty strong last year, which clearly showed in the increase in the number of tourists.
Finland has been adjudged as the happiest country in the world by the UN. Several tourists are attracted to this scenic country every year. Finland has been frequently featured in the Russian news headlines attracting more Russian tourists than ever.
As per Anne Lammila, Consul General of Finland, most Russian tourists to Finland came from St. Petersburg in Russia. Finland is just a couple of hours away by car or train from St. Petersburg.
A recent study shows that 90% of St. Petersburg’s residents view Finland favourably.
As per the 2018 Schengen Visa statistics, 87% of all Visa applications to Finland came from Russia. There was, however, a drop in the total number of Visa applications as compared to 2017.
Finland received 730,962 Visa applications from Russia in 2017. In 2016, that number was 464,899.
The highest number of Visa applications to Finland ever recorded was 1.5 million in 2012.
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