From tar pits to the bioeconomy
“Forests are the most important natural resource in Finland, and Finns have always known how to use them – just think about our first forest-based export products such as tar and bobbins, or the current bioeconomy and circular economy,” says Maarit Lindström, Director and Chief Economist of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.
According to Lindström, the forest industry brings around four billion euros in tax revenue, including stumpage revenue, to Finland, and with a share of roughly 20 per cent, it is also Finland’s largest export industry.
In addition, the forest sector directly and indirectly employs around 100,000 people throughout Finland – and each job in the forest industry indirectly creates three other jobs in the country.
Forests are the most important natural resource in Finland, and Finns have always known how to use them.
Maarit Lindström, Finnish Forest Industries Federation