For Finns, nature is a basic value. Forests are protected and the cleanliness of water systems is treasured. In the countryside where our Youth Centres are located, the air quality is excellent. Finland is the world’s cleanest and greenest country, with 70% of its surface area being composed of forests.
Finnish nature has a healing power. Aesthetic experiences and the relaxing effect of a green environment lift the spirit and help recovery from stress. This is increasingly important in current societies where continuous urbanisation makes many people look for the peace found in nature. Educational tourists appreciate the clean nature, vast unbuilt landscapes and unique quiet of the forests found surrounding the Youth Centre Network.