Thursday, November 24, 2016

Finland 2016 - Everyman’s Rights

ISSUE DATE: 9 September 2016
 STAMP DESIGN: Jussi Kaakinen

Everyman’s rights in 100-year-old Finland
Everyone in Finland can enjoy nature regardless of who owns it. The Everyman’s rights stamps in the Finland 100 years series pay tribute to this right. The booklet, containing six 1st class stamps, was designed by Jussi Kaakinen.

The photographs represent different seasons, the most common natural environments and people from children to the elderly. They enjoy being in nature and know how to behave there. As a first-time stamp designer, I was fascinated by the simplification required by the small image size, but also by the fact that even such a small space is enough to depict vast landscapes. The landscapes on the Everyman’s rights stamps continue outside the actual stamp area, and when separated from the sheet, the stamp may look surprisingly different, says Kaakinen.

Everyman’s Rights
People of all nationalities have the right to enjoy the Finnish countryside freely under the traditional Finnish legal concept known as everyman's right. But together with these wide-ranging rights comes the responsibility to respect nature, other people, and property. Special regulations in national parks and many nature reserves additionally limit activities such as camping, hunting, the use of motor vehicles, and access to sensitive areas during the nesting season. Such restrictions are listed separately for each area.

The list below summarises the main rights and responsibilities within everyman's right:

You may.
Walk, ski or cycle freely, except very near people's homes, or in fields and plantations which could easily be damaged.

Camp out temporarily, a reasonable distance from homes.

Pick wild berries, mushrooms and flowers, as long as they are not protected species.

Fish with a rod and line.

Use boats, swim or bathe in inland waters and the sea.

Walk, ski, or drive a motor vehicle or fish on frozen lakes, rivers and the sea.

You may not
  • Disturb people or damage property.
  • Disturb reindeer, game, breeding birds, their nests or young.
  • Let pets off leash.
  • Cut down or damage trees.
  • Collect moss, lichen or fallen trees from other people's property.
  • Light open campfires without permission, except in an emergency.
  • Disturb people's privacy by camping too near them or making too much noise.
  • Leave litter.
  • Drive motor vehicles off road without the landowner's permission.
  • Hunt without the relevant permits.
  • Fish with nets, traps, or a reel and lure without the relevant permits.

Stamp images and description thanks to Posti