Today, on 26 April the report on the improvement of the National Land Survey's service point network was handed over to the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen. The report presents four alternatives for the structure of the National Land Survey's service point network as of 1 January 2017. Decisions concerning any developmental measures will be taken by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
There are more than 600,000 free-time residences in Finland, with 2.4 million regular free-time residents. In 2014 the Finns used about EUR 6.2 billion on their free-time residences, as shown by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's Free-time Residence Barometer, submitted to the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen on 17 March 2016.
The Finnish Parliament has approved the new Act on Metsähallitus. The forestry business of Metsähallitus will be transferred to a limited liability company for forestry to be established by the act. The company will be fully owned by the State. By this procedure the State forestry business will be organised in a way that is competition neutral, as required by the EU law. This will allow the State to continue pursuing forestry business. The act is to enter into force on 15 April 2016.