Swedish forest industry significance

News:   The forest industry is one of Sweden’s most important business sectors. It provides employment throughout the country. Thanks to its natural raw materials and products, the forest industry has a key role in the development towards a sustainable, biobased society.

What is forest industry?

Companies that use forests to provide the raw materials for their products and services are all part of the forest industry. This includes producers of pulp, paper, cardboard, packaging and biofuel. Similarly, sawmills producing all sorts of boards, planks, roof trusses and other prefabricated construction elements are also included.

The forest industry – a part of the climate solution

Forests are extremely valuable for the climate. While growing, forests bind carbon dioxide. Wood-based products then continue to store carbon dioxide throughout their service lives. A switch from a fossil-dependent economy to a biobased economy is an important part of the solution to stop global warming. Sweden and Swedish forest industry are uniquely qualified to be a force driving along the development towards a bioeconomy. We have the natural resources, astute innovators and a strong desire to invest in a fossil-free society.

The forest industry – a major player in Sweden’s economy

The forest industry accounts for 9 – 12% of the employment, exports, turnover and added value in Swedish industry. This is strongly export-oriented. Furthermore, as most of the raw materials are domestic and the import of forest industry products is relatively small, our forest industry makes a significant contribution to Sweden’s balance of trade. Almost 90 percent of our pulp and paper production is exported. The corresponding figure for sawn timber is close to 70 percent. This places Swedish forest industry third in the world’s exporters of these products. The forest industry directly employs 70,000 people in Sweden. In several of our counties, the forest industry accounts for 20 percent or more of industrial employment.


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.