Everyman's Rights - the right to roam

In Finland, nature is not only wild, it’s free. Finnish law states that anyone living in or visiting Finland has the right to roam the countryside, forage mushrooms and berries, and enjoy the recreational use of natural areas, even on privately owned land.

This extraordinary freedom, known as Everyman’s Rights or Jokamiehen Oikeudet, extends throughout the country, from the majestic arctic forest which covers 75% of the land, to the 188,000 inland lakes and countless islands along the southern and western coast that make up the Finnish archipelago. Please remember, however, that with such rights, come responsibility. Finland’s arctic nature, particularly in Lapland, is very fragile. Please tread carefully, don’t go near someone’s private property and keep out of restricted areas which are there to protect vulnerable environments and wildlife such as nesting birds. Otherwise, enjoy! Finland’s beautiful nature is for everyone to explore.

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Full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the Midnight Sun and winter darkness, urban and rural, East and West.

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