Finland and Sweden, the two countries providing the majority of the wood destined for Metsä Board’s production, differ in their forest ownership structures.
In Finland, there are approximately 430,000 forest owners, and the majority of these are private families, and the remaining 10% are corporations.
In Sweden, about 50% of forests are owned by individuals and 25% by forest companies. The rest are owned by the state or other public sector organisations.
As urbanisation in these countries continues to grow, many family owners today live far from their forest property, and make their living from other occupations. But forest ownership remains important, not just for additional income, but also for the opportunity to protect valuable parts of forests for future generations.