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Continued high gross felling 2020

Nyhet | Statistik - 08 June 2021

The Swedish gross felling remained high during 2020 and amounted to just over 93 million cubic meters standing volume according to preliminary statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. This is a small increase compared to 2019.

According to the Swedish Forest Agency's preliminary statistics, the gross felling in 2020 amounted to 93.3 million cubic meters standing volume. This is an increase of 0.5 per cent compared to 2019 when the felling amounted to 92.8 million cubic meters standing volume.

The net felling was 74.4 million cubic meters

The net felling, which consists of the harvested volume of all tree trunks that are fully or partially removed, amounted to just over 74.4 million cubic meters (m3sub) in 2020. Half of the net felling consisted of saw logs from conifers, 40 per cent of pulpwood, 7 per cent of firewood and a few per cent of other wood.

Compared to 2019, the felling of saw logs from conifers is estimated to have decreased by 0.5 per cent and the felling of pulpwood increased by 0.6 per cent and firewood increased by 0.5 per cent. In 2020, imports of roundwood were preliminarily 7.2 million cubic meters, which is about 1.6 million cubic meters less than the year before. Exports were preliminary 1.0 million cubic meters, which is approximately 0.2 million cubic meters more than in 2019.

Just over 60 per cent of the volume comes from final felling

Just over 60 per cent of the harvested volume comes from final felling, 25 per cent from thinning and the rest from other types of fellings. Approximately 40 per cent of the harvested volume comes from Götaland, 30 per cent from Svealand and 30 per cent from Norrland.

The average felling volume during the period 2015–2019 was 257 cubic meters standing volume per hectare in final felling and 72 cubic meters standing volume per hectare in thinning.

On average, the final felling area was 209,000 hectares and the thinning area was 301,000 hectares per year during the period 2015–2019. In comparison with the period 2014–2018, the final felling area has increased, and the thinning area decreased.

Spruce makes up more than half of the harvested volume, pine one third and broadleaves just over one tenth.

The average final felling area is 3.6 hectares

In 2019, the average final felling area for fellings larger than 0.5 hectares was 3.6 hectares. The size of the final fellings was on average twice as large in Northern Norrland (5.0 hectares) as in Götaland (2.4 hectares). The average final felling area of individual forest owners is almost 40 percent less than that of other forest owners.


Gross felling: Total harvested trunk volume, including trunks not removed from the forest. Measured in cubic meters standing volume (m3sk) which means the trunk volume above the stump including top and bark but excluding branches.

Net felling: Total harvested trunk volume above the stump excluding not removed felled whole trees, tops, bark and not removed trunk parts. Expressed in solid cubic meters under bark (m3s ub) which refers to the trunk volume except bark, top and branches.


The statistics are part of the Official Statistics of Sweden, except the figures on felled area and harvested volume by tree species and type of felling.


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