One-third of the Earth’s surface is forest. In Finland, forest coverage is 75 percent – well over twice the global figure.
There are 4.5 hectares of forest per person in Finland. Their forests are part of the boreal forest belt or northern coniferous forest belt, which covers about 15 percent of the Earth’s land area.
The total volume of wood in Finnish forests is approximately 2,306 million cubic metres. The volume rises each year, as the annual forest growth has been exceeding the felling volume for many years. The destruction of forest has been prohibited in Finland since the first act on forests was passed in 1886. Today, it means that when woods are felled, new trees must be planted within five years of felling.