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Food self-sufficiency, a priority for Finland

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Aerial view of an agricultural field near a forest in southern Finland.

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By: Frederic Faux

The war in Ukraine raises the issue of food shortages.

Finland, a country bordering Russia, is aware of the problem.

With a territory that has only 7% of agricultural land, one of the lowest shares in the OECD and a fairly harsh climate, she has been working for her food independence for a long time and has found solutions.


The Finns are self-sufficient in meat and cereals, unlike its Swedish neighbour, which has not displayed the same political will.

The report of our correspondent in the region can be found in full in

Accents d'Europe.


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