Camping by one of the many lakesEveryman's Rights in Finland

The Finns believe that it is everyman's right to be able to enjoy the vast countryside, woods and lake shores free of charge and without the landowner's permission. People taking advantage of these rights are however obliged not to cause any damage or disturbance. Everyman's Rights consist of a set of generally accepted traditions that have also been enshrined in various laws and regulations. According to Everyman's Rights....

You are allowed to:

* Walk, ski or cycle freely in the countryside, except in gardens, in the immediate vicinity of private homes, or in fields and plantations, that could be easily damaged
* Stay or set up camp temporarily in the countryside, a reasonable distance from private homes
* Pick wild berries, mushrooms and flowers, as long as they are not protected species
* Fish with a rod and line
* Row, sail or use a motorboat on waterways with certain restrictions
* Swim or wash in inland waters and the sea
* Walk, ski and fish on frozen lakes, rivers and the sea

You are not allowed to:

* Disturb other people or damage property
* Disturb breeding birds, their young or their nests
* Disturb reindeer or game animals
* Cut down or damage living trees or collect wood, moss or lichen on other people's property
* Light open fires on other people's property, except in an emergency
* Disturb the privacy of people's homes by camping too near them or making too much noise
* Leave litter
* Drive motor vehicles off road without the landowner's permission
* Fish (using equipment other than a rod and line) or hunt without the relevant permits


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