Peat in Norway

Although there are extensive areas of essentially undisturbed peatland, amounting to some 28000 km2, peat extraction (almost all for horticultural purposes) has been at a relatively low level in recent years.

Peat had traditionally been used as a fuel in coastal parts of the country; unrestrained cutting led to considerable damage to the peatland, which in 1949 resulted in legislation to control extraction.