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Two new national parks planned for Finland

Finland’s Environment Ministry plans to introduce legislation to declare two new national parks in central and southwest Finland.

Haapapuita Etelä-Konnevedellä.
A 100-year old aspen towers over the landscape in southern Konnevesi, now earmarked for a new national park. Image: Eero Mäntymaa / Yle

Environment Minister Ville Niinistö said Friday that Finland’s two new national parks will be located in Etelä-Konnevesi in central Finland and Teijo in southwest Finland. Government will table the proposal in Parliament this spring with the aim of getting the relevant legislation to enter into force early next year.

“Alongside protecting our natural resources it’s important for national parks to have a positive impact on tourism and local employment,” Niinistö said in a statement.

National parks were also proposed for northwest Lapland, northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu, but those plans have been shelved for the moment.

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