National landscapes

The 27 national landscapes of Finland represent the special environmental and cultural features of the country. National landscapes have great symbolic value and widely recognised significance in cultural and historical terms, or in the popular image of nature. The areas were selected by a national landscape working group of the Ministry of the Environment. The selection was part of Finland’s 75 years of independence celebrations in 1992.

National landscapes have no fixed boundaries, which means they do not have a special role, legal or otherwise, in land use planning. However, national landscapes are immensely important for tourism, for example. Many of the landscapes are unique attractions and any changes to them are kept to a minimum.

Published 2013-10-31 at 14:12, updated 2014-07-11 at 12:11