Last changed: 13 September 2019

Felling activities, primarily cleaning,thinning and final felling affect a relatively small proportion of Sweden's forest area. Therefore a special sample is used to provide the basis for the Swedish National Forest Inventory's statistics regarding fellings. This sample is significantly larger than the than used for area and volume estimates, but the sample plots are only studied if a felling activity has occured during the last felling season. It should be noted that the Swedish Forestry Agency is responsible for the offical statistics regarding fellings.

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Thinning is the most common felling activity with 313 000 hectares annuallyFelling volume, both in absolute terms and per hectare is highest in Götaland and lowest in northern Norrland. The felled volume for the period 2013/14 - 2017/18 was ca 80 million m³sk. Not unexpectedly final felling accounted for the largest share of the felled volume (60%). In terms of area thinning is the most common felling activity (313 000 hectares annually), followed by cleaning (255 000 hectares) and final felling (187 000 hectares).

Norway spruce represents 55% of the felled volume. This can be compared to Spruce's proportion of the total standing volume which is 41%. Scots pine represents 33% of the felled volume, slightly lower than its share of the standing volume (39%). The remaining felled volume is made up of broadleaved trees (12%).


Mean annual harvest. All landuse classes
Annual felling area by felling type by Year. Productive forestland



Per Nilsson, Head of Analysis
The Swedish National Forest Inventory, SLU
per.nilsson@slu.se, +46 (0)90 786 8472

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