Forest and timber opinion poll

The Finns’ confidence in the forest sector began to improve about five years ago. According to the newest Metsä ja puu [Forest and timber] opinion poll 2015, ordered by Finnish Forest Association, the increase continues to strengthen.

forest.fi 05.02.2016:
Finns continue to have more confidence in forest sector

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  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Standard of forestry in Finland

    88 percent of the respondents considered Finnish forestry good, while 11 percent thought that it is rather or very poor. The result is more or less the same as in the previous poll. More than average, forestry was critiziced by people living in southern Finland, highly educated, those voting greens in public elections and forest owners. On the other hand, share of those considering forestry is very good, was larger than average among forest owners, too.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    The basis and maintenance of Finnish welfare

    Of industry branches, forest industry was considered to be the most important basis for Finnish welfare. 36 percent of the respondents definitely and 48 percent largely agreed upon this. Share of those agreeing with the claim increased a little bit from 2012. The second largest share was gained by metal industries with a slightly decreasing trend.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Copes best with international competition

    Three out of four respondents at least largely agreed upon the claim that of industry branches, forest industry copes best with demands of international competition. As to metal industries, the share was 66, IT industries 60 and construction 58 percent. As regards to forest industry, the share has not changed from the previous poll, while figures for other industries have decreased.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Forest industry's share of export

    Share of forest industry of Finnish export was around 20 percent in 2014. Of the respondents, a quarter thought that the share is 15-24 percent. Nearly as often the share was considered to be 25-34 percent. There is not any large change compared to the previous poll.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    How far do you agree with following

    Finns' trust in forest professionals competence remains on a high level. Perception of the relation between forest growth and logging amounts remains to be correct: forests grow more than they are harvested and the respondents also thought that there is plenty of wood in Finnish forests to be used as industry raw material. Majority considered that Finland's welfare will be based on forest in the future as well. Compared to 2012, slightly larger share of the respondents thought that forests should be utilized more efficiently to create employment and welfare and that forestry activities have changed to be more environmentally-friendly. On the other hand, share of those who think that logging is a threat for biodiversity has slightly increased. More than half of the respondents thought that only a minor share of paper and cardboard is recycled in Finland, while the truth is that the recycling rate is around 70 percent. Share of those thinking that increasing forest protection increases unemployment in the forest sector has decreased.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Standard of forestry in your neighbourhood

    A clear majority of the respondents, 84 percent, thought that the level of forestry activities in their neighbourhood is good or very good. 12 percent thought that the level is poor or very poor. Positive evaluations have somewhat increased from the previous poll.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Sufficiency of protected forests in your neighbourhood

    61 percent of the respondents considered that the share of protected forests in their neughbourhood is suitable and 26 percent thought that the share is too small. Slightly larger share than previously considered that the protection rate is too small.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Share of protected forests in Finland compared to Europe

    Closely half of the respondents thought that there are more protected forests in Finland than in the rest of the Europe on the average. 27 percent considered that the share is more or less the same. Of the respondents, more than previously thought that Finnish protection rate is larger than that of Europe. According to COST E4 -study, the share of protected, productive forestry land in Finland is the largest in Europe.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Share of protected forests in Finland

    Protection rate of productive and low-productive forestry land in Finland is nine percent. Of the respondents, seven percent thought that the rate is 6-9 percent, while smaller share was given by 24 and larger by 56 percent. The median of the answers was ten percent. Slightly larger share than previously thought that protection rate is ten percent or more.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Sufficiency of recreational forests

    Nine out of ten respondents thought that there are enough forests suitable for recreational use in Finland. Seven percent thought that their amount is not sufficient.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Should forest chips be used to make biofuel

    Three out of four respondents thought that forest chips should be used in energy production more than today. One fifth thought that the level is suitable. Share of those who thought the level is suitable today slightly increased from 2012, but, on the other hand, use of chips has increased in energy production lately.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Does use of forest chips endanger biodiversity

    Statement "increasing manufacturing and use of forest chips endangers the forest biodiversity" polarized opinions more than previously. Share of those who agree upon the statement was 42 and disagree was 48 percent. In 2012 the share of those agreeing was 59 and disagreeing 33 percent.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Most reliable source of information concerning forestry activities

    Finns' confidence in forest professionals and forest researchers as source of information is largest, when it comes to forestry issues. The third largest group is forest owners and fourth the representatives of forest owners' union, the MTK. Share of those having largest confidence in forest professionals and forest researchers has increased after 2012.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Most reliable source of information concerning forest biodiversity

    When it comes to safeguarding forest biodiversity, share of those having most confidence in researchers as a source of information was largest, and the second and third groups were representatives of environmental organisations and forest professionals. Share of those having most confidence in researchers increased from the previous poll, and confidence in representatives of environmental increased to the same level where forest professionals are.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Most reliable environmental organization

    The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation FANC is thought to be the most trustworthy source of information concerning forestry issues among environmental organisations. The second one is WWF but it has lost its confidence during last years. Share of those thinking Greenpeace is the most trustworthy is only two percent.
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Which is the largest forest owner group in Finland

    Half of Finns thought that state is the largest forest owner in Finland. Individuals and families were thought to be the largest forest owner group by roughly one fourth of the respondents and one tenth thought that forest indystry is the largest forest owner group. In reality, individuals and families own 62 percent of productive and 53 percent of all forest land while state owns roughly third of the
  • RAPORTTIPOHJA 2014

    Does your household own forest

    Roughly one fifth of the respondents own forest, which is the same level as generally in Finland.