New national park to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence

The Hossa area had an important role in the process of Finland gaining independence and in preserving it.

Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen has proposed areas in Suomussalmi and Kuusamo in north-eastern Finland to be designated as the commemorative national park for Finland’s 100th year of independence 2017.   Establishing a national park was also one of the key projects in the current government programme.

The surface area of the national park in Hossa and Moilasenvaara in Suomussalmi and Julma-Ölkky in Kuusamo is about 11 000 hectares. The areas are owned by the State of Finland and they are included in the Natura 2000 network.

The Hossa area is a mosaic of heath forest ridges with pines, small rivers and lakes with crystal-clear water, kettle ponds and kettle bogs.  The general appearance is barren, with light in abundance.