Welcome to Finland and Finnish Countryside!

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In Finland there is a close symbiosis between rural areas and urban areas of Finland. The multidimensional interaction benefits both parties. This interaction, symbiosis, is vital for the Finnish society. Many Finnish companies are situated in rural areas and the Finnish countryside offers lots of possibilities for working, living and entrepreneurship. The citizens of Finland are aging and there is a growing need for services, enabling also living at home in the countryside. On the other hand agriculture and forestry need skillfull manual labour and there is a labour shortage. 

Finland - a symbiosis between rural areas and urban areas

Key statistics

  • Finland has 48,000 farms with an average arable area of 47 hectares. Of these, about 12 % are organic farms.
  • Dairy farming is the largest agricultural sector in terms of turnover. The agricultural sales revenue total was EUR 2.2 billion, of which milk accounts for 40 %.  
  • In terms of land use grain production is the largest sector in Finland. Next comes production of other crops and grassland.  
  • Almost 90 % of Finnish farms belong to an official agri-environmental programme.  
  • The average age of farmers is 52 years. Our farmers are young compared to European colleagues.
  • Agriculture and horticulture provide employment for 100,000 people. The food sector employs 240,000 people, from production input industry to retailing.
  • The retail market in Finland is highly concentrated. The two biggest retailers have a market share of 83 %.
  • Finland has long traditions in plant and animal breeding. Local breeding has been vital for the evolving local food production and in the future, it will respond to the new challenges of farming.

Source: Luke, Statistics Finland, Kantar TNS 2017

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