Finland has a total of about 10 million hectares of peatlands, making up about a third of the country’s total land area. About half of this total area is currently used for forestry, about 70,000 hectares have been cleared to create farmland, and peat is harvested in areas totalling about 60,000 hectares. Peat is widely used as a fuel in Finland, accounting for 6-7% of total energy consumption.
About 13% (1.3 million hectares) of peatlands are protected, and commercial land uses are excluded in a further three million hectares.
Mr Veikko Marttila, Environmental Dierctor
Tel. +358 (0)295 16 2425
Email forename.surname(at)mmm.fi [veikko.marttila]