Karelia is a unique region of Northern Europe. There are large territories of ecologically clean forests where the northern berries - cloudberries, bilberries, lingonberries, cranberries – grow. Reserved Karelian nature endows berries with all useful properties.
In Karelia berries hand-picking traditions are preserved since ancient times. Our republic is a leader in wild berries harvesting in Russia.
Most Karelian territory is covered with forests: 148 000 km² or 85% of total area. The total forests reserves of all categories and age constitute 807 000 000 m³.
Karelia has over 60 000 lakes and swamps that contain about 2 000 km³ of high-quality fresh water.
Towns and villages are situated in a good environment.