Published December 14, 2023 | Version 2.0
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Nordic forest governance database

  • 1. Department of Political Science, Lund University
  • 2. Finnish Environment Institute - SYKE
  • 3. Department of Political Science, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, Lund University
  • 4. Department of Food Science, Copenhagen University
  • 5. Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, Lund University
  • 6. Department of Forest Science, Helsinki University
  • 1. Swedish university of agricultural Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
  • 2. Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
  • 3. University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences
  • 4. Copenhagen University, Department of Food and Resource Economics
  • 5. Swedish university of agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics


An open-access database of forest policy regulation focusing on Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark from the 19th century up to today. The resulting open-access database indicates date of introduction, summarizes the key policy objective, provides links to regulations and has been double-checked by national experts. The resulting database contains a comprehensive collection of public policies and private  initiatives addressing forest management in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and supranational policies of the EU. It includes the original title, the year of implementation, a short description of the policy, whether it has direct or indirect effect on forest management, and information and links to the original text or sources. The database is an open-access resource available to the community, and intended to be a living document which can be further complemented and updated.



The data collection has received financial support by the NordForsk through the project 'Green forests policies: a comparative assessment of outcomes and trade-offs across Fenno-Scandinavia – GreenPole' (project number 103443) and by SNS through the project 'Transdisciplinary co-production in forest policy research (ForPol) (project number 128)'.


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