For a short period at the start of the 1970's total loss (natural loss + fellings) was close to total growth. Since then total loss has decreased and the difference between total loss and growth increased to close to 40 million m³sk. During the 1980's and 1990's this difference has slowly reduced to todays level of ca 20 million m³sk.
Since the 1950's there has been less pre-commercial felling and more final felling in Swedish forests. Final felling was at a maximum at the start of the 1970's and subsequently came down, in recent years final felling has steadily increased agan. Pre-commercial felling was at it's lowest during the 1980's and has since then increased steadily. Within the class 'other loss' is felling of seed trees, standard trees, single trees and wind thrown trees. The sharp increase in this category seen under recent years is due to the effects of the storms Gudrun (2005) and Per (2007). The natural loss (Total loss- total felling) is interesting because it provides an indicator for the potential future volume of dead wood.
All data above are mean values for the period 2006-2010
Skogsdata - annual publication with official statistics about the Swedish forests
Forest statistics - Forest statistics archive including the official statistics
TaxWebb - an interactive webb service for queries and data tabulation from the Swedish National Forest Inventory (in Swedish).