State-owned areas managed by Metsähallitus
In total, 12.6 million hectares of state-owned land and water areas are under Metsähallitus’ stewardship. This accounts for almost one third of Finland’s surface area.
The largest share of state-owned lands is located in Eastern and Northern Finland. Our areas include a wide range of forests, mires, shores and waters.
While slightly over one half of our areas are commercial forests, no forest management operations are carried out on low-productivity and non-productive lands.
Most of the properties and buildings on state-owned land are owned by Senate Properties.
Surface areas – one third of Finland
Metsähallitus manages a total of 12,563,000 hectares: 9,143,000 hectares of land and 3,420,000 hectares of water areas.
|LAND AREAS (31.12.2019)||HECTARES (%)|
|Total||9 143 000|
| Forest land in multiple-use forests*||4 881 000 (54%)|
|– of which forests in commercial use*||3 485 000|
|– of which low-producticity land*||712 000|
|– of which non-productive land*||648 000|
|Statuatory protected areas||1 778 000 (19%)|
|Wilderness areas||1 377 000 (15%)|
|Areas reserved for conservation programmes||382 000(4%)|
|Other areas of special value||725 000 (8%)|
* Productive forestry land is classified on the basis of Nordic growth categories of forestry land: on forest land, the average annual growth of the tree stock is at least 1 m3/ha; on low-productivity land, 0.1-1 m3/ha and on nonproductive land, less than 0.1 m3/ha.
|WATERS (31.12.2019)||HECTARES (%)|
|Total||3 420 000|
|Statuatory protected areas||239 000 (7%)|
|Public waters||2 663 000 (78%)|
|– of which in sea areas||2 555 000|
|– of which in inland water areas||180 000|
|Other water areas||518 000 (15%)|