Finland is one of the most forested countries in the world, approximately 75 % of the land area is covered with forests. More than 60 % of the total forest area in Finland is owned by private forest owners. 2.9 million hectares of the forests are protected or under restricted use, which is almost 13 % of the total forest area in Finland. This is a large share share in international comparison. A majority of the protected forests are owned by the state of Finland and are located in Lapland. The share of strictly protected forests in Finland is the highest in Europe.
The annual growth of the forests in Finland today is about 108 million cbm. As the annual cutting volume is less than 70 million the volume of the forests in Finland hence is growing each year.