Julma-Ölkky, photo Mari Limnell, Metsähallitus
Julma-Ölkky. © Photo: Mari Limnell, Metsähallitus

New national park to celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence

Press release, January 22, 2016, The ministry of the Environment
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen has proposed areas in Suomussalmi and Kuusamo in north-eastern Finland to be designated as the commemorative national park for Finland's 100th year of independence 2017. Establishing a national park was also one of the key projects in the current government programme. More

Preparations of the Mervento wind power plant in Vaasa. Photo: Feodor Gurvits (EIA picture bank)
Preparations of the Mervento wind power plant in Vaasa. © Photo: Feodor Gurvits (EIA picture bank)

New methods improve the quality of environmental impact assessments

Press release January 14, 2015 The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the University of Oulu, the University of Jyväskylä, Ramboll Finland Ltd and SITO Ltd
New methods make it easier to recognise and systematically assess the most significant environmental impacts of various projects, and to illustrate the results. They also improve the participation possibilities and understanding of citizens and interest groups about the projects and their environmental impacts. The results are from the recently completed IMPERIA project managed by SYKE, and they can be applied all kinds of assessments of environmental impacts. Read more

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New national park to celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence

2016-01-22
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen proposes areas in Suomussalmi and Kuusamo in north-eastern Finland to be designated as the commemorative national park for Finland's 100th year of independence 2017. Establishing a national park was also one of the key projects in the current government programme.
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Saimaannorppa kivellä. Kuva Mervi Kunnasranta.

Number of threatened mammal species decreased in Finland

2016-01-25
The number of threatened mammal species decreased by four compared to the previous evaluation. No species were found to be more threatened than before. Conversely, four species, namely the European beaver, the brown bear, the Eurasian lynx and the Siberian flying squirrel, were re-categorised from threatened to near threatened.
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Second home tourism in Finland
Perceptions of citizens and municipalities on state and development of second home tourism

Second homes are an important part of Finnish leisure, mobility and rural policy. There are 499,000 second homes in Finland according to the official statistics, but this number is probably underestimated and over half of the Finns actually use the leisure opportunities offered by second homes.  Read more