Number and Size of Finland´s Protected Areas Managed by Metsähallitus

The table shows the size and number of statutory nature reserves, wilderness areas, national hiking areas, recreational forests and areas reserved for conservation by Government decision. All areas are managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.

January 1, 2020

Area typeNumber of areasSize of areas (sq. km)
National parks4010,033
Strict nature reserves191,542
Mire reserves1664,749
Herb-rich forest reserves4611
Old-growth forest reserves7786
Seal reserves7188
Other state-owned nature reserves4213,451
Privately-owned nature reserves17894
Protected areas established by Metsähallitus248
STATUTORY NATURE RESERVES (total)97820,162
Areas reserved for protection in nature conservation programmes1,5405,204
Protected forests426613
Other protected sites1,2222,973
Wilderness areas1214,891
National hiking areas5243
Other recreational areas7915
Other areas4114
Other areas together3,25324,853
ALL AREAS4,23145,015