We are proud of our forests
Finland is the most forested country in Europe. Forests cover 75% of Finland’s land area. While forests have given way to cities in many other European countries, the Finnish forests have been left to grow to a very considerable extent. Now our forests have more trees than ever before during recorded history, and the total volume of wood in our forests continues to increase.
The ownership base of Finnish forests is also unique globally: 60% of Finnish forests are owned by private individuals. “One in seven Finns is a forest owner, and forests are passed on in families from one generation to the next. Forests are important to their owners not only financially, but also for recreational purposes,” says Kimmo.
This is reflected in the sustainable management and diverse use of our forests. “Finnish forest owners are interested in their forests, and want to leave vital forests for future generations.”