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Last changed: 05 June 2019

Sweden's land area is 40.8 million hectare of which 28.0 million hectares are forest land. Of these 23.6 million hectares are productive forest land.

The Swedish National Forest Inventory collects data over the whole of Sweden and publishes results for all land use classes except sea and fresh water. The Swedish National Forest Inventory collects most data for forest land and productive forest land in particular. Since 2003 even areas within national parks and nature reserves are included. Productive forest land is the most dominant land use class followed by Apline areas (5.1 million hectare, Mires (5,0 million hectares) ) and agricultural land (2.8 million hectares).

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The total standing volume in Sweden has increased significantly since the Swedish National Forest Inventory was first undertaken in the 1920's. In the mid 1920's the total standing volume was 1658 miljoner m³sk and today is just over 3533 miljoner m³sk. This is an increase with over 213 percent. Sweden's has 28.0 million hectares forest land of which 23.5 million are poductive forest landCalculated as dry weight, an important value in data related to climate change, the total volume dry weight is 2655 million tons.

Sweden's forests are dominated by spruce and pine, which is expected as the almost the whole country is within the Boreal region. Up until the 1970's the increase in volume was dominated by spruce, since then volume of Spruce, Pine and broadleaes have all increased. The increase in spruce slowed down after severe storms in 2005 and 2007 but has now recovered.


Area conditions
Land area by land use class according to the Swedish Forestry Act
Land area by traditional land use class


Vegetation and site conditions


Standing volume and tree biomass
Total standing volume
Total standing volume by tree species
Standing volume of large broadleaves


Annual growth increment
Total annual volume increment, total drain and annual harvest


Forest damage


About official statistics

SLU has been appointed by the Swedish government as resopnsible for the official statistics about the state and change of Swedens forests. Read more about SLU's official statistics. As an authority responsible for official statistics SLU must make sure that:

  • All statistics are objective
  • All statistics are well documented
  • All statistics are quaility assured

Official statistics must be made available without cost and also be accessable in electronic form.

All official statistics must be clearly marked maked with Offiicial Statistics of Sweden or bear the following logotype:


Publication plan for official statistics

JO0801 - Skogsdata - current statistics about the Swedish forests
JO0802 - Area conditions
JO0803 - Standing volume and tree biomass
JO0804 - Annual volume increment
JO0805 - Vegetation and site conditions
JO0806 - Forest damage

Current publication dates are shown in Statistics Sweden's publication calender.


Per Nilsson, Head of Analysis
The Swedish National Forest Inventory, SLU, +46 (0)90 786 8472

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