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Archipelago National Park

Located in Kemiönsaari and Parainen, Southwest Finland. The area has more islands than any other archipelago in the world. It has also been described as the world’s most beautiful archipelago.

  • The park was established in 1983 and covers 500 square kilometres of land areas. A huge land area considering that the area mostly is outer archipelago with few islands even 1 km2 – and the big ones are inhabited and mostly privately owned and thus not part of the park.
  • The National park by itself encompasses about 2000 of the 8400 islets and skerries within the cooperation area. The larger islands are mainly owned by their inhabitants.
  • It is part of the UNESCO biosphere reserves and received a PAN Parks certificate in 2007.
  • There are considerable areas of traditional agricultural landscapes within the national park. One of the objectives of national park besides protecting nature is to protect the archipelago culture and different cultural landscapes.
  • The rich natural resources attracted people to the post-glacial archipelago in the Stone Age and Bronze Age.
  • The Baltic Sea was much more saline in those days, thus offering large catches of Atlantic cod among other fish. A large population of grey seal inhabited the area.
  • The islands of the national park are accessible by ferry, taxi boat, own boat, or by kayak.

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