Everyman's right in Finland

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Everyman's right in Finland

Finland’s legal concept of everyman’s right gives everyone the chance to enjoy outdoor pursuits, and the freedom of the country’s vast forests and fells, and many lakes and rivers, with few restrictions. Public access to private land is much wider in Finland, and the other Nordic countries, than in most other countries.

Nature is often fragile, however, and especially here in the North can be slow to recover from damage. With the freedom to enjoy the countryside comes the obligation to leave the environment undisturbed and preserve Finland’s rich natural heritage for future generations to enjoy.

The booklet explains everyman´s right in detail, with reference to the relevant legislation, and describes the responsibility that come with these rights.

Download booklet here, pdf

Ministry of the Environment