Birch is the most common deciduous tree in Finland. After the last glacial period in the northern hemisphere some 10 000 years ago, birch trees were the first to dominate the landscape thanks to their remarkable tolerance to challenging conditions. Today, white birch trunks are a typical sight from the south coast of Finland up to Lapland, only the size of the birches gets smaller the norther one travels.
In Finland birches are everywhere, in gardens and in forests, living side by side with all Nordic flora and fauna: Their branches provide shelter for many birds, birch leaves are eaten by forest animals like elks, hares, grouses, mice and insects and the roots are a fertile substrate for many delicious mushrooms.
Birch grows relatively fast in the moist Finnish soil. Snow and rain irrigate its thirsty roots in the fall and winter and the Finnish sun gives it a perfect amount of light for the photosynthesis during spring and summer. In 40 years a sapling becomes a proper log and after logging new saplings are always planted to guarantee the growth of a new forest.