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Larger area notified for final felling 2021

Nyhet | Statistik - 18 January 2022

In 2021, the area of notifications and applications for final felling increased by 4 percent compared with 2020. In Norrland, however, the area of notifications and applications has decreased. This is according to statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency.

Notifications and applications in 2021

The total area of notifications and applications in 2021 amounted to 284,650 hectares. This is 4 percent more than in 2020. Applications for felling of montane forests in 2021 amounted to 13,207 hectares, which is 8 per cent smaller in area than in 2020. See Table 1.

In Götaland in 2021, the forest owners notified and applied for final felling over a 13 percent larger area compared with 2020. In Svealand, the area increased by 8 percent. In Southern and Northern Norrland, notified and applied area decreased by 3 and 7 percent, respectively.

Largest increase in Halland County in 2021

At county level, the total notified and applied area increased in 15 of 21 counties in 2021. The largest increase is in Halland County, with 45 percent. This is followed by Stockholm County, with an increase of 31 percent, and Jönköping and Värmland counties with increases of 21 percent. The largest decreases are in the counties of Gävleborg and Västerbotten , 16 and 14 percent, respectively, compared with 2020. 

The area in applications for final felling in montane forests is 467 percent larger in Dalarna in 2021 compared with 2020. In Jämtland County, the increase is 49 percent in 2021. In Västerbotten and Norrbotten Counties, on the other hand, applications decreased by 39 and 7 percent, respectively. In Västernorrland County 2021 final felling of 50 hectares of montane forest was applied for, though no applications were received for final felling in 2020.

Notifications and applications in December 2021

During December 2021, the area of notifications and applications for final felling decreased by 5 per cent compared with December 2020. It was also 9 percent lower compared to the average area for December over the past 10 years. The area applied for final felling of montane forests in December 2021 was 31 percent larger than in December 2020.

The information in this newsletter is preliminary. On February 22, we will publish final figures on notifications and applications for the full year 2021.

Table 1. Area of notifications and applications for final felling permits for the whole country, hectares     

Notification and application January-December 2020 January-December 2021 Change
Notifications for final felling in normal forest 253 693 263 539 4%
Notifications for felling for other purposes than forestry in normal forest 5 860 6 550 12%
Applications for permit of final felling in montane forest 14 350 13 207 -8%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in montane forest. 121 103 -15%
Applications for permit of final felling in valuable broad leaved forest 851 1 174 38%
Application for permit of felling for other purpose than forestry in valuable broad leaved forest 63 78 23%
Total area notified and applied for 274 937 284 650 4%
Total area notified and applied for excluding montane forest 260 466 271 340 4%

Statistics refer to total notifications and applications for permission in productive forest land for final felling in montane forest and valuable broad-leaved forest.

The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.

All results are published in our statistical database.

Area of Notification of Felling by Month in 2020 and 2021

Source: Swedish Forest Agency

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