Forestry in Finland

Forests are a major source of both economic and social well-being for Finland. About one in seven Finns come from families who own forests. The material resources and amenity values of forests provide a wide range of opportunities for income, employment and business. Forests are also important settings for recreation, so they also generate wider benefits in terms of health and happiness.

Finland’s forests represent the country’s most significant renewable natural resource. As the demand for natural resources rises in the future Finland’s timber reserves are sure to become an even more important asset. Since forests have so many roles as a source of wood-based products, energy, recreation and well-being, it is important to ensure that their benefits are utilised widely but also sustainably. Forests are also highly significant considering the urgent need to combat and adapt to climate change.