The Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show, which ended on Sunday, saw a 6.4% rise in attendance over last year’s event. Some 11,272 people visited the show, located in the middle of the Finnish capital.

Summer in the Nordics has been relatively cold, but ended with warm weather before the show started. That, and slightly better economic conditions in Finland, resulted in a positive turnout.

“The floating show shows us that the end of the summer is a strong period," says Jarkko Pajusalo, CEO of Finnish marine industries federation Finnboat. "We saw a lot of deals being closed, but the final impact on boat sales we’ll see in some weeks when all offers and test drives made during the show will give results.”

Some 279 boats from 166 exhibitors were on display at the show, which is now in its 40th edition. According to Pajusalo, visitors appreciated an extended exhibition area, broader programme, and more restaurants.

The Finnish boating industry directly employs some 3,500 people, although 4,000-6,000 people in total are employed in peripheral roles. Around 73% of Finnish boat production is exported.