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Introduction
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The forest of the White-Sea Karelia today, like a hundred years ago, amazes travelers with its virginity. A traveler may wander here for several days without seeing man's traces. Once, this dense forest inspired narrators of one of the prominent creations in the world literature -the Kalevala Epic. It was recorded at the beginning of the 19th century in rune-singer villages of the White-Sea Karelia.
In all times forest has provided man with survival, food and protection. Now, the Kalevala forest calls for protection. The Kalevala National Park comprises vast expanses of primary forest. The forest area ensures refuge to rare and endangered species of animals and plants.

Photo of the Park

In August 1997, an area of 115,000 ha was reserved by a decree of the Government of the Republic of Karelia until the final decision on the area and the borders of the proposed Kalevala National Park was made.
The development of the territory was supported by the Ministry of Environment of Finland and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland. Upon initiative of the Tacis Project "Karelia Parks Development" ENVRUS 9704 and the Kostomuksha Local Administration an office of the Park was set up in 2000.

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