Grossfellings still on rather high volume and increased import

Statistik - 27 August 2019

According to Swedish Forest Agency the gross felling was estimated to 92.5 million cubic meters (standing volume) in 2017. The preliminary gross felling in 2018 is estimated to 93.4 million cubic meters (standing volume).

Net felling was around 74 million cubic metres (solid volume excl. bark) in 2017 and is estimated to one million more in 2018. Nearly half of the net fellings were coniferous sawlogs, 40 percent coniferous and broad-leaved pulpwood, 9 percent fuelwood of stem wood and 1 percent other wood.

Compared to 2017 the felling of coniferous declined with preliminary 0.7 per cent while the felling of pulpwood increased by 2.8 per cent. In 2018 the import of roundwood increase with preliminary 2.5 million cubic metres to a total of 8.4 million cubic metres. The export declined with 0.2 million cubic metres to 0.8 cubic metres.

According to the Swedish National Forest Inventory, thinning in terms of area is of 306,000 hectares on average for the three -year period 2015-2017. The corresponding area of final felling was 165,000 hectares.

Final felling accounted for the largest share (more than 50 %) of the felled volumes.

Since the 1980s, the annual feeling volume increased for both pine and spruce. Even harvested volume of deciduous trees has increased during the period, albeit slightly following a decline during the 1990s. More than half of the felling volume consists of spruce, one third of the pine and the remaining one tenth of broad-leaved trees.

Annual felling on other land classes than productive forest land is very small and varies between 1 and 2 million cubic meters.

Data on gross felling and net felling for the year 2018 is preliminary. This is due to the figures on trade in roundwood and felling of fuelwood are still preliminary.

The statistics is part of the Official Statistics of Sweden.