Parks & Wildlife Finland

Parks & Wildlife Finland is a unit of Metsähallitus, which manages state-owned lands and waters all over Finland. Parks & Wildlife Finland is in charge of public administration services such as nature and cultural heritage protection and fishing and hunting permits. We also provide free facilities for hikers.

A birdwatcher watching birds at at a lake with a telescope.
Siikalahti is an internationally significant birdlake and it is being restored by Parks & Wildlife Finland with help from government funding in the large Helmi project. Photo by Minna Koramo.

What did we achieve in 2020?

The separate annual report and financial statements of public administration services is included in Metsähallitus Annual Report, see p. 43 onwards (pdf file, julkaisut.metsa.fi).

The services of Parks & Wildlife Finland are largely financed from the national government budget. Income from fishing and hunting permits is used to manage hunting grounds and fishing waters. We work with various partners on projects where the public funding is used to leverage wider funding and benefits.

Parks & Wildlife Finland is comprised of National Parks Finland and Wildlife Service Finland.

National Parks Finland 

Finland’s 40 national parks welcome more than 3 million visitors annually. The newest national park, Hossa in North-East Finland, was established in 2017, celebrating Finland’s centenary of independence.  

Visitors to national parks, national hiking areas and other protected and recreational areas contribute almost EUR 300 million to local economies. 

Wildlife Service Finland 

State-owned areas give everyone access to these wilderness activities. Every year, around 150,000 different permits and licences for hunting and fishing are sold. The state-owned areas are used also by those who fish and hunt under special rights, such as free angling and ice fishing rights. Altogether, fishing and hunting enthusiast spend almost two million days a year pursuing these activities on state lands and waters.

The proceeds from the permits go towards managing game and fisheries and securing the future of hunting and fishing in Finland. Revenue from permits is used, for example, for restoring and managing game and fish habitats.

Organisation and Contact Information 

The operations of National Parks Finland are 

  • protected area management planning 
  • nature and cultural heritage conservation 
  • recreation and nature tourism.

Parks & Wildlife Finland is headed by the Director who is also the director of National Parks Finland. The Regional Directors are in charge of the four regional units of National Parks Finland.

Wildlife Service Finland is headed by the Director of Game and Fisheries.

Contact information of Parks & Wildlife Service Finland