Water is an indispensable natural resource. Finland has high-quality water in abundance.

  • Legislation »

    Key legislation

  • Water services and groundwater »

    People and businesses need clean water in all conditions.

  • Floods and drought »

    Floods and drought present a risk to human health and safety. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for managing flood and drought risks.

  • Dams and regulation of waters »

    There are 450 major dams in Finland. Of these, some 310 are in watercourses and the rest are waste and tailings dams.

  • Water resources management »

    The good status of waters enables recreational use of nature and the vitality of rural areas and livelihoods.

  • Funding »

    The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) may grant funding from State funds for projects that improve the use and status of water bodies and reduce the risk of floods or drought.

  • International policy »

    Collaboration between the public and private sectors promotes cooperation concerning transboundary waters, solving international water issues and international business activities based on water expertise.