National Park System, Finland
In 1956, seven national parks were established in Finland. An additional 12 national parks were opened in 1982. By the end of 2005, there were 35 national parks. Metsahallitus (a state-owned forest and park service company) is in charge of all affairs related to national parks. The national parks in Finland cover nearly 8,150 km2, representing 2.5% of the country’s land. In 2007, 1.7 million tourists visited Finland’s national parks, half of which visited Pallas-Yllastunturi, Oulanka, Urho Kekkonen and Nuuksio.