There are about 130 lakes and ponds in Hossa. Photo: Metsähallitus / Sirke Seppänen
There are about 130 lakes and ponds in Hossa. © Photo: Metsähallitus / Sirke Seppänen

National park to Hossa to celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence

Press realese 2016-12-15 Ministry of the environment
The Government has given a legislative proposal concerning the designation of areas in Hossa, Suomussalmi as the 40th national park in Finland.  The new national park is part of Finland’s centenary celebrations, as well as one of the key projects in the current government programme. During the centennial year the opportunities for international nature tourism to grow in Finland are perhaps better than ever before. Read more

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