Basically this means that if you find a nice camping spot away from any houses, go for it and don't worry about getting permission from the landowner. If you find a nice patch of berries or mushrooms in the woods, you do not have to figure out who owns the land before you pick them - just go ahead and take as many as you want! Oh, and if you want to sell them afterward, that income is tax free (probably the only thing in Finland that is)... This may not seem that cool to my American friends because we do not have too many wild berries anywhere that I know in the US, but here in Finland there is something like 1 billion pounds of berries [source and more info here] that grow every year. That's 1.5 Empire State Buildings weight in berries! I have been hiking a few times already here, and every time I get stuck eating berries the whole way along the trail because there are so many that even if other people have been through and picked a bunch, there are still plenty left. Seriously, it's awesome. The only things you can't do without permission/permits are cut down trees, hunt/fish, or drive off-road and the only thing you can't do at all is destroy property/nature or invade people's privacy.
|Typical Finnish trail in the woods. Most are not heavily traveled (there are only ~5 million people in this country), but this is the trail up to the highest peak in the Turku area (a whopping 71 m above sea level...) which has a nice view.|
|Mushrooms are everywhere right now! There are more kinds than I have ever seen before. Many (but not all) Finns know which ones are good to eat and which will make you sick. Not sure which these are...|