The flow of Russian tourists to Finland has dried up in the first few months of the year, resulting in a year-to-year drop of some 30 per cent in the value of tax-free shopping by Russian visitors. After growing steadily since 2009, passenger volumes on Finland's south-eastern borders similarly declined by five per cent from the previous year between January and March, suggest statistics published by the Finnish Customs and Global Blue Finland.
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Money spent by Russian shoppers in Finland drops
In Helsinki, the decrease in Russian tourists has been noticed especially at Stockmann, where no imminent recovery in customer numbers is expected, says Maisa Romanainen, the director of the department store chain.