Published on March 4, 2014
Finnish Outdoor activity is based on Everyman’s Rights General Manager Eki Karlsson
Finnish Outdoor activity is based on Everyman’s Rights • Finland in brief • Suomen Latu – the Finnish Central Association for Recreational Sports and Outdoor Activities • Finnish Outdoor Statistics • Everyman’s Rights • Outdoor Players in Finland 4.3.2014 Eki Karlsson
Finland in brief • Total area: 338,144 km², of which 10% is water and 69% forest • Population: 5.3 million • 15.7 inhabitants per km², European countries average is over 10 bigger (177 inhabitants per km²) -> one reason for wide everyman’s rights in Finland 4.3.2014
Suomen Latu The Finnish Central Association for Recreational Sports and Outdoor Activities 4.3.2014
Suomen Latu • NGO (non-governmental organization) with • 78 000 members • 225 member associations • Promotes over 20 outdoor activities • Nordic Skiing, Trekking, Winter swimming, Snow Shoeing etc. • Develops new outdoor activities • Developer organization of Nordic Walking • Newest supported activity: Geocaching • Protects interest of • Everyman’s Rights • Outdoor Facilities (Places, Routes, National Parks, Laws etc) 4.3.2014
Testbed for Artic Outdoor Activities Fell Centre Kiilopää • Suomen Latu owns fell center for 200 accommodation and restaurant customers • One of the best place in Lappland. • Trekking, Cross Country and Fell skiing, Moomin Ski Schools, Snowshoe Walking, Yukigasse, Snow Sculpting, Bird Watching , Geocaching, Smoke Sauna & winter swimming in frosty fountain! • http://www.kiilopaa.fi 4.3.2014
Everyman’s Rights in Finland 4.3.2014
IN FINLAND 96% OF LAND CAN BE USED BY EVERYONE 4.3.2014
Everyman’s right: Definition • Right to use land and water areas • Right to use certain natural products • Right is not dependent on the user of the right or the owner of the area • Land owner can affect right by land use • The user of the right may not cause damage or disturbance! = Responsibility 4.3.2014 9
Everyman’s rights in Finland • Free access to waterways • Boating, anchoring, swimming, driving snowmobiles, etc is allowed • Free access to land • Orienteering, short term camping, running, walking, cross country skiing, picking berries etc is allowed • Using motorized vehicles are not everyman’s right 4.3.2014
Everyman’s rights in Finland • Natural products are partly everyman’s right • Dry twigs and branches, fallen cones and nuts, berries, mushrooms, fishing (with a rod and line) and (most) flowers is allowed to pick up 4.3.2014
Outdoor Statistics In Finland 4.3.2014
Participation in outdoor recreation among Finnish adult population Participation in outdoor recreation All age groups 65-74 years 45-64 years 2010 2000 25-44 years 15-24 years 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 participation rate, % of population 96 98 100
Everyday outdoor activities Source: Finnish Forest Research Institute 2011 Participation in everyday outdoor activities Walking for pleasure or fitness Nordic walking Bicycling 2010 Outdoor activities with children 2000 Walking dog Runnisg, jogging 0 10 20 30 40 50 participation rate, % of population 60 70 80
Forest Recreation Participation in forest recreation Picking wild berries Picking mushrooms 2010 2000 Leisure forest work Hunting 0 10 20 30 40 Participation rate, % of population 50 60 70
Outdoor players in Finland 4.3.2014
Outdoor players in Finland Ministry of Education and Culture Metsähallitus (~Forest Administration) Municipalities 4.3.2014 Sport NGOs, as Suomen Latu, skiers Non sport NGOs, as Scouts
Thank You Eki Karlsson firstname.lastname@example.org 4.3.2014
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