Finland is one of the world's most wooded countries and the most wooded country in Europe: 71.6% of Finland's area is forest. The volume of wood in Finnish forests is increasing every year. For a long time, the annual growth of standing wood has outstripped the amount that has been felled. Finland has 2.9 million ha of forest that is protected and in restricted forestry use, i.e. 13% of the entire area of forests (both high- and low-productivity forest).

Through forest certification, efforts are being made to ensure that forestry is practiced in an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable way. In practice, a forest certificate is written proof granted by an impartial third party that the forest is managed and used sustainably in accordance with certain criteria set out in the certificate.