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sell it. However, the interviewees in this study have not actively increased their forest areas either; there

was one interviewee, who had bought some forest land to increase the forest area he had inherited. The

forests were usually legally owned by the interviewee alone or together with his/her spouse. The forests

located in six different regions in Finland, mainly in the central parts of the country. In most cases, the

forest owners lived rather near (usually in the same municipality) to the forest areas they owned as only

three of the interviewees lived in a different region than his/her forest located.

Table 3.

The main characteristics of the interviewed forest owners

Number of

interview

Forest

area

(hectares)

Duration of

ownership

(years)

How the

forest is

acquired

The form of

the ownership

Location of

the forest

(region)

Is the

owner

living

near

to the

forest

Existing

cooperation

with

naturebased

tourism

1 250 20 Inheritance Alone Kainuu yes yes

2 235 28 Inheritance /

purchase

Married couple Keski-Suomi yes yes

3 160 28 Inheritance Alone Pirkanmaa yes yes

4 480 n.a. Inheritance Pirkanmaa yes yes

5 50 n.a. Inheritance Co-ownership Pirkanmaa yes yes

6 40 23 Inheritance Alone Etelä-

Pohjanmaa

7 43 39 Purchase Married couple Etelä-

Pohjanmaa

8 over 20 22 Inheritance Alone Etelä-

Pohjanmaa

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

9 90 43 Inheritance Alone Pohjois-Savo yes yes

10 20 Purchase Married couple Pohjois-Savo yes yes

11 60 28 Inheritance Married couple Pohjois-Savo yes yes

12 40 48 Inheritance Heirs Pohjois-Savo no yes

13 4 40 Inheritance Alone Etelä-Savo no no

14 6 15 Purchase Married Couple Pohjois-Savo yes no

15 50 15 Inheritance Alone Etelä-

Pohjanmaa

yes

no

16 30 8 Purchase Alone Pohjois-Savo no no

17 80 30 Purchase Alone Etelä-

Pohjanmaa

yes

no

Data analysis

The data was analyzed by using analyst constructing typologies, in which patterns, categories and themes

are looked for from the data and based on these, typologies are formed (Patton 2002). For this purpose

a common analyzing framework was created. Typologies are built on ideal types or illustrative endpoints

rather than complete and discrete set of categories and they provide one simple form for presenting the

qualitative comparisons (Patton 2002). Unlike classification systems, typologies do not provide rules for

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