Some Information about the Forestry Trade in Sweden
Swedish wooden furniture is extremely popular in many parts of the world, but most people do not realize how important woodworking industries are to Sweden. The forestry trade in Sweden is one of the largest in the world and it yields some of the finest wood in the world as well. Sweden itself is one of the most densely forested countries in the world. Almost two-thirds of the land in Sweden is covered in thick forests. That means that almost 27 million hectares of land in Sweden is available for the forestry trade. It is the second-largest forested country in Europe behind Russia.
Tree Types In Swedish Forests
It is not just the fact that Sweden is mostly covered by forests that makes it the ideal place to get the perfect building wood. Nearly 80 percent of the wood that grows in Swedish forests are either spruce or pine. These are the two most popular woods in the world for making furniture, building homes and doing a variety of woodworking projects. Not only is Sweden blessed with an abundance of good trees, but the country is also very proactive in growing new trees to replace the ones that are cut down and add even more trees to the Swedish landscape. The country is trying to make sure that it always stays ahead of demand and never completely strips its forests bare.
Swedish Forestry Planning
The conservation of the country’s forests is a huge concern in Sweden. The country is so active in its planting program that it can expect to be able to increase its lumber output by the year 2050. The planting program has been so successful that it will replace what has already been cut down and then expand the forests so much that the country will never have to reduce its production. That is a significant accomplishment for a country that relies so heavily on exporting timber and wood products.
Forest Ownership In Sweden
Even though Sweden relies on lumber for one its primary exports, nearly 2 million hectares of forest land in Sweden is protected from any kind of human intrusion. As for the forest land that is harvested, there is a wide variety of owners. Most recent estimates have 50 percent of the forest land in Sweden owned by private individuals, 25 percent being owned by lumber companies and the remaining 25 percent being government-owned or owned by other private interests such as corporations, private families and preservation societies.