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This research focuses on people's perceptions about
and expectations from nature and nature experience, and their preferences of
nature types. One-on-one face-to-face interviews were conducted with 500
respondents using a paper-pencil survey questionnaire. Our results show that
the most frequently cited meaning of nature was fresh air and green space. Overall,
the majority of the respondents associated the concept of nature with green
areas, coasts and panaroma. Psychological dimension of nature was also
mentioned by about one-third of the respondents. The most beloved part of being
in the nature reported by the respondents was being away from the city life and
work. The respondents had strong preferences for being near water, primarily by
seaside. It is concluded that for many people nature and biological
components of nature help to recover from the work stress and city hassle.
Also, the favorite environments of people living in coastal cities are
primarily coastal sides.