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Organic farming in Finland - statistics & facts

Finland is the northernmost agricultural country in the world. In 2019, around 13.5 percent of the country’s agricultural land area was under organic cultivation. Organic land area has grown steadily in recent years, and it is projected to further increase up to 396,000 hectares by 2027. The largest organic agricultural land areas are located in Northern and Southern Ostrobothnia, as well as in Southwest Finland.

There were over five thousand organic farms in Finland, which accounted for nearly ten percent of all farms in the country. The number of farms practicing organic cultivation is expected to increase in the future. By the end of 2022, Finland is predicted to have over 5,900 organic farms. Furthermore, the average size of organic farms has risen, reaching nearly 61 hectares per farm as of 2019. The most cultivated organic crop in terms of production volume is oat, with roughly 76 million kilograms in 2019. The yields of organic wheat, barley, rye, and oats were better than in the previous years.

Regarding meat production, beef cattle and pigs are the most raised livestock in Finland. In 2019, almost 3.8 million kilograms of organic meat was produced in the country, increasing slightly from the previous year. Beef accounts for the majority of organic meat production, with production volume of nearly 2.7 million kilograms per year. Compared to other types of organic meat, lamb was produced at a lower volume of 320 thousand kilograms. However, it accounted for nearly 25 percent of all lamb production in the country.

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