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FLOOD SITUATION

Flood in Rovaniemi's Lainaanranta 26 May 2020. © Photo: Lapland's ELY centre

Flood situation in northern Finland

Watershed forecasts and flood warnings

Lapland: Flood water will rise to the damage limit in Rovaniemi and Kittilä in the next few days (press release 28th May 2020,  Lapland ELY Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment and Flood centre of Finnish Environment Institute & Finnish Meteorological Institute)

More informationHydrological situation and forecasts (flood monitoring)

Population distribution according to the urban-rural classification.

Updated urban-rural classification: Finland’s degree of urbanisation currently at over 72 per cent

Press release May 29, 2020, Finnish Environment Institute
According to the urban-rural classification updated by the Finnish Environment Institute, more than 72 per cent of the Finnish population now reside in the urban areas of the country. The degree of urbanisation has increased more than two percentage points when compared to the classification based on the demographic data of the year 2010. The updated classification represents the situation of the year 2018. The regional classes with the most expanded surface areas are the rural areas close to urban areas and the peri-urban area. More than half of the country’s jobs are now located in the most densely populated inner urban area where more than two million of the country’s population is living and where the density of jobs is the greatest.

Latest news of the Ministry of the Environment

Strong support from Climate Policy Roundtable for recovery measures that mitigate climate emissions

2020-05-28
The Climate Policy Roundtable held its first meeting on Thursday 28 May. The focus of the meeting that for the most part took place through virtual channels was on recovery after the coronavirus crisis. The members of the roundtable expressed their strong support for climate-sustainable recovery measures.
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Latest news of the Finnish Environment Institute

Updated urban-rural classification: Finland’s degree of urbanisation currently at over 72 per cent

2020-05-29
According to the updated urban-rural classification, more than 72 per cent of the Finnish population now reside in the urban areas of the country. The degree of urbanisation has increased more than two percentage points between years 2010 and 2018.
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Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters

Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

A new assessment of the ecological status1) of surface waters in Finland shows that 87% of the surface area of our lakes and 68% of our rivers are in good or very good condition. Eutrophication is still the most significant problem. There have been no major changes in the status of inland waters since 2013, except for some improvement in certain sites. The status of the Gulf of Finland has improved, but for the most part the status of coastal waters is not good. The risks associated with groundwater have not increased.

Publications

 

Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method, Use for evaluating the climate impacts of public procurement
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method developed by European Commission is used to assess the environmental impact of products throughout their life cycles. A new study by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE proposes that this method is suitable also to be used to evaluate the climate impacts of public procurements.