News:   Here you will find statistics about the development of the forest and forest industry in Sweden and the world.

Economic significance

  • World’s 5th largest exporter of pulp, paper and sawn timber
  • Export value, 2020: SEK 145 billion
  • 85% of the products are exported
  • A little over SEK 13,4 billion was invested in 2019

Production volumes, 2020

  • 12 million tonnes of pulp (of which 4.8 million tonnes market pulp)
  • 9,3 million tonnes of paper
  • 18.5 million cubic metres of sawn timber


  • 115,000 employees in forest sector


  • 70% of Sweden is forest land.
  • 80% of the forest land is in active use.
  • 1% of the forest resource is felled annually.
  • Every year, at least 380 million trees are planted in Sweden
  • Over the past 100 years, Sweden’s forest resource has doubled.


  • 96% of the heating energy used by the forest industry is bioenergy.
  • Electricity consumption: 20 TWh per year – just over 15% of Sweden’s total electricity consumption.


  • Of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions, the forest industry accounts for around 1%.
  • Since the start of the 1980s, pulp and paper mills have reduced the organic materials they release into the water system by 90%. At the same time, pulp production has risen by 30%.
  • Since the start of the 1980s, pulp and paper mills have reduced the sulphur compounds they release into the air by 98%. At the same time, pulp production has risen by 30%.


  • Sweden’s largest purchaser of transport services – SEK 25 billion annually


  • Every year, Sweden invests SEK 2 billion in forest research at universities, colleges and institutes.
  • Forest industry companies annually invest SEK 2.3 billion in their own research.

Members of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation

  • 50 pulp and paper mills
  • 120 sawmills
  • 40 companies closely connected to the production of pulp, paper or timber goods


From desert to forest - Minister for Foreign Affairs saw the result

News:  The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde, visited the Forest. It was during her time as the Minister for Trade that Sweden’s Expo journey began in 2017. Last time she was at the pavilion it was only desert.

Nordic piano concert for peace

News:  A peace concert with piano music from the Nordic countries was held at the Swedish pavilion, as part of the “Nordic Piano Music Week” at Expo . “The special thing with visiting Expo 2020 Dubai is that we spread the Nordic music”, says the Swedish pianist John Nalan.

The Green Skeikh visited the pavilion

News:  "The Green Sheikh" of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, entertained visitors at the Swedish pavilion with a talk as part of the series of speaking events during Water Week.

She will be representing UAE in the "Stockholm Junior Water Prize"

News:  Mishal Faraz was the winner of Water Alliance Associatios "RE-NEW Our World Student Water Innovation Challenge 2022". On Thursday she presented her "The Water Bottle Project" at the Swedish pavilion.

Electrical boats invented in Sweden

News:  The Water Week at the Swedish pavilion ha begun. A serious of events is taking place on the Co-creation stage. On Thursday Konrad Bergström, founder of X Shore, who makes hundred percent electrical boats.

Event to raise awareness about importance of forests

News:  “The forestry sector is a sector that can eventually make a huge difference”, says Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and moderator of the event that took place at the Swedish pavilion on the International Day of Forests.

Join the event on International Day of Forests

News:  The International Day of Forests will be celebrated in the pavilion on March 21. In the video you will hear Fredrik Ingemarson, Moderator of the International Day of Forests, talk about some of the highlights.

Regional meeting for Swedish ambassadors

News:  Swedish Ambassadors to the Middle East region had their regional meeting at the Swedish pavilion. It was an opportunity for them to meet but also visit their second countries pavilions.

Swedish cuisine - check out tutorials and innovations

News:  What do you know about the traditional Swedish cuisine and the new innovative food technology? Find out in the videoclip.