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A Study on the Experiences of Arable Land Owners on Land Rearrangement - Project-related Land Consolidation with a Public Road Project at Pajuneva in Finland (3990)

Seija Kotilainen and Heikki Seppänen (Finland)
Ms. Seija Kotilainen
Senior Adviser
The National Land Survey of Finland
Opastinsilta 12 C, P.O. Box 84
Corresponding author Ms. Seija Kotilainen (email: seija.kotilainen[at], tel.: + 358 40 5510569)

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Published on the web 2010-01-14
Received 2009-11-19 / Accepted 2010-01-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-87-7 ISSN 2308-3441


The reasons for studying land rearrangements have conventionally been economical, technical, juridical and evaluation theoretical. If these issues are examined and well adopted, then the arrangement is considered successful. However, success also depends on how satisfied the real property owners are with the arrangement. Such a research perspective is new in Finland. The aim of the study is to establish whether real property owners are satisfied with the land rearrangements carried out in connection with public road projects. The study focused on arable land owners in Southern and Western Finland, where a concentration of cultivated arable land is found. The sample consisted of a land rearrangement project in Seinäjoki. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used. Tom R. Tyler’s study results of personal experiences of fairness components were subjects to testing. The study provided new scientific information and supported the results of Tyler’s research. Statistically significant factor having a positive effect on satisfaction was the possibility to participate. Adequate information acquisition described the possibility to participate. What also added to the satisfaction was the trust-based course of action, which meant a confidential relationship, fair atmosphere during discussions and concentration on facts. Both factors were statistically highly significant when concerning both the land rearrangement procedure and the outcome of the land rearrangement. Outside the survey proceeding, the fast schedule of the reparation works had a positive effect on the satisfaction. The results obtained apply to the project carried out in Seinäjoki and to similar occasions. The study indicates that the results could also generally be applied in Finland in areas, in which cultivation is concentrated. Therefore, the study paves the way for future studies. The public road project can be carried out as expropriation proceeding instead of land rearrangement. It could therefore be interesting to study the real property owners’ experiences on the expropriation proceeding.
Keywords: Land management; Land readjustment