EFOL European Foresters Orientiering Lope

Next EFOL will stay:

30th European Foresters Orienteering Championship
10th - 15th August 2024



2025 Estonia 31. EFOL



An overview of all participants at the EFOL from 1994 till 2021


The president of EFOL Martins Gaiglas

EFOL was initiated by Leif Strömquist in 1994 as a summer activity for European foresters following the similar winter activity for European foresters, EFNS, which was founded in Germany already in 1969. Mr. Strömquist met understanding for his proposal when he was working in Latvia and together with Mr. Martins Gaigals, Latvian State Forest Service, the first EFOL was organised in Strenci, Latvia in August 1994.

EFOL follows the concept of EFNS, thus, allowing forestry employees, wood-working industry employees, forestry educated individuals, forest owners and forest contractors, and their respective closest family members to participate.

The statutes of EFOL require a forest organisation to financially support an EFOL arrangement. The lead organisation of EFOL, the International Committee (IC EFOL) and its Board do not take any financial responsibilities for EFOL events, though they facilitate the local organiser in his efforts. The Annual Meeting of IC EFOL decides on organisers for EFOL events based on received applications. The Annual Meeting takes place at the annual EFOL championships.

An EFOL arrangement consists of:

  Training day as first offer to the participants prior to the competitions.
  Team Leaders’ meeting at the beginning of the event.
  A Forest Information Evening for further professional forest training purposes.
  A full day with forest and culture excursions for the purpose of further professional forest training.
  An evening with a joint dinner/party for the participants.
  Championships in orienteering:

-     Sprint
-     Middle distance
-     Relay

Annual Meeting of IC EFOL.

The competitions follow the rules of the IOF, the International Orienteering Federation, however, EFOL has its own distribution on age classes both for men and women.

EFOL has been organised in:

1994 Latvia
1995 Estonia
1996 Sweden
1997 Finland
1998 Hungary
1999 Slovakia
2000 Czech Republic
2001 Norway
2002 Lithuania
2003 Poland
2004 Hungary
2005 Latvia
2006 Finland
2007 Estonia
2008 Germany
2009 Czech Republic
2010 Denmark
2011 Norway
2012 Lithuania
2013 Poland
2014 Switzerland
2015 Hungary
2016 Sweden
2017 Lithuania
2018 Latvia
2019 Czech Republic
2020 Corona Break
2021 Latvia
2022 Italy
2023 Lithuania

2024 Poland
2025 Estonia

 Normally around 350 foresters / wood industry employees participate every year at EFOL. The number of countries varies, but as an average there are between 11 and 14 countries at each event.

 It is regarded extremely important that the competitions will be organised by experienced orienteerers representing an OL club with substantial experiences from previous professional championships, so that it will be safeguarded that the competition will meet highest quality standard regarding new and not previously used maps in the right scales covering appropriate terrains for the EFOL participants, regarding the competition tracks and controls, and regarding the electronical punshing system and timing.

 Furthermore, there are high expectations on the forest professional further training program (see above) and the possibilities for international forest networking.

Leif Strömquist our president from the first minute of EFOL has left us on the 9th of May 2014. Our thoughts go to his family and in first to his wife.

Leif was the founder of EFOL 1994 together with Martins Gaiglas in Latvia.

We are thankful for the time we were together with him and all the good memories about him.