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In Finland, the freedom to roam and related rights are called "jokamiehenoikeus" ("the everyman's right"). Everyone may walk, ski or cycle freely in the countryside where this does not harm the natural environment or the landowner, except in gardens or in the immediate vicinity of people's homes (yards).

You may stay or set up camp temporarily in the countryside, a reasonable distance from homes, pick wild berries and mushrooms as long as they are not protected species. You are allowed to fish with a rod and line (only still waters), row, canoe etc. on waterways and swim or bathe in both inland waters and the sea.

You are not allowed to disturb others or damage property, disturb breeding birds (or their nests or young), or disturb reindeer or game animals. You are not allowed to cut down or damage living trees, or collect wood, moss or lichen on other people's property. You are not allowed to light open fires without the landowner's permission (except in an emergency). Alcohol burners, wood stoves or similar small devices that has no hot parts touching the ground are allowed. You may not disturb the privacy of people's homes by camping too near to them or making too much noise, nor litter.

Freedom to roam comes with a responsibility

Freedom to roam is a unique opportunity to enjoy clean Finnish nature at it's best. Make sure that use this right responsibly:

  • Don't disturb or destroy anything
  • What you carry in to the woods you carry out. Do not litter.
  • Respect the nature and other outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Don't be noisy. 

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