Nature

The Nature 2000-area of the Kvarken archipelago consists of the whole outer zone of the archipelago, shared by five municipal areas. The area also flows together with the protected areas of the High Coast in Sweden, on the other side of Kvarken. The shortest distance between the islands of Sweden and Finland is about 20 kilometers.

Gloes and fladas

Image 1: Flads and gloes in the Kvarken archipelago

The geological processes in the Kvarken archipelago are ongoing, and have been for millions of years. As a result of the land uplift, which has been going on since that last ice age about 12 000 years ago, the habitats in the Kvarken area, as well as the vegetation and fauna, are continuously going through changes.

The Kvarken archipelago, with its numerous islets, is a good place for seabirds as feeding and breeding grounds. The shallow and protected bays of the archipelago are important habitats for many fish species. The types of wooden areas occupying these areas can only be found in places affected by land uplift, and therefore many plant species which are endemic to the Bothnian bay can be found here. This means that they cannot be found anywhere else and Finland therefore have a special responsibility to protect both these habitats, as well as individual species.

For more information about these habitats, vegetation and animals in the Kvarken archipelago, see the tabs on the left.

Winter in Kvarken

Image 2: The Kvarken archipelago during winter

 


The Nature 2000-area of the Kvarken archipelago consists of the whole outer zone of the archipelago, shared by five municipal areas. The area also flows together with the protected areas of the High Coast in Sweden, on the other side of Kvarken. The shortest distance between the islands of Sweden and Finland is about 20 kilometers.

The geological processes in the Kvarken archipelago are ongoing, and have been for millions of years. As a result of the land uplift, which has been going on since that last ice age about 12 000 years ago, the habitats in the Kvarken area, as well as the vegetation and fauna, are continuously going thr

The Nature 2000-area of the Kvarken archipelago consists of the whole outer zone of the archipelago, shared by five municipal areas. The area also flows together with the protected areas of the High Coast in Sweden, on the other side of Kvarken. The shortest distance between the islands of Sweden and Finland is about 20 kilometers.

The geological processes in the Kvarken archipelago are ongoing, and have been for millions of years. As a result of the land uplift, which has been going on since that last ice age about 12 000 years ago, the habitats in the Kvarken area, as well as the vegetation and fauna, are continuously going through changes.

The Kvarken archipelago, with its numerous islets, is a good place for seabirds as feeding and breeding grounds. The shallow and protected bays of the archipelago are important habitats for many fish species. The types of wooden areas occupying these areas can only be found in places affected by land uplift, and therefore many plant species which are endemic to the Bothnian bay can be found here. This means that they cannot be found anywhere else and Finland therefore have a special responsibility to protect both these habitats, as well as individual species.

For more information about these habitats, vegetation and animals in the Kvarken archipelago, see the tabs on the left.

 

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The Kvarken archipelago, with its numerous islets, is a good place for seabirds as feeding and breeding grounds. The shallow and protected bays of the archipelago are important habitats for many fish species. The types of wooden areas occupying these areas can only be found in places affected by land uplift, and therefore many plant species which are endemic to the Bothnian bay can be found here. This means that they cannot be found anywhere else and Finland therefore have a special responsibility to protect both these habitats, as well as individual species.

For more information about these habitats, vegetation and animals in the Kvarken archipelago, see the tabs on the left.