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Arable land and forest land by region and land use category. Year 1951 - 2015
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The table contains data on agricultural land and forest land by country, county and municipality according to the regional divisions on January 1, 2015. Figures according to older regional divisions have been restated in order to facilitate comparisons over time. Still, caution should be taken when making comparisons between years as definitions of land use categories may have changed over time and different sources and methods have been used at different times.
region
Different data sources have been used to calculate the area of some land use categories on county and municipality level, thus the summarized values will differ somewhat between tables.
land use category
Productive forest Productive forest land for years 2010 and 2015 is defined as land that is suitable for forestry and that is not significantly used for other purposes, based on FAOs definition. Production is at least 1 m³sk per hectare and year.
At the national and regional levels for years 2010 and 2015, figures are based on data from the Swedish National forest inventory. Regarding municipal level and years 2010 and 2015, data on total forest land from the Swedish National forest inventory has been distributed to municipal level according to the municipal shares of the forest layer of the National property map, which, in turn, has then been divided into productive forest and improductive forest, respectively, according to the municipal shares of productive forest and non-productive forest of the Forest real estate assessment register.
Area of productive forest for 2005 and earlier years is derived from estimations on the traditional land use class productive forest land according to the Swedish National forest inventory.
Sources at national and county levels, 2005 and earlier are the Swedish National forest inventory 2005, 2000 (national total), 1999 (counties) and 1995; and the Agricultural census 1992, 1981 and 1951. Sources at municipal level, 2005 and earlier are the Real estate tax assessment register 2005, 2001, 1996; and the Agricultural census 1992 and 1981.
land use category
Non-productive forest
Non-productive forest land is land that is defined as forest land according to FAOs definition, but does not consist of productive forest.
At the national and county levels for years 2010 and 2005, figures are based on data from the Swedish National forest inventory. Regarding municipal level and years 2010 and 2005, data on total forest land from the Swedish National forest inventory has been distributed to municipal level according to the municipal shares of the forest layer of the National property map, which, in turn, has then been divided into non-productive forest and productive forest, respectively, according to the municipal shares of non-productive forest and productive forest of the forest real estate assessment register.
Area of non-productive forest for 2005 and earlier years is derived from estimations on the traditional land use class non-productive forest land according to the Swedish National forest inventory.
Sources at national and county levels, 2005 and 2000 is the Swedish National forest inventory 2005 and 2000. Sources at municipal level, 2005 and 2000 is the Real estate tax assessment register 2005 and 2001.
land use category
Arable land
Land used for, or potentially can be used for, crop production or grazing and is suitable for plowing.
Sources are, for 2015, Swedish Board of Agriculture; for 2010, 2005, 1999, 1995, 1990, 1981 and 1951, the Agricultural census.
land use category
Grazing land
Land used for, or potentially can be conveniently used for, grazing and is not suitable for plowing. Grazing land should include a certain amount of grass and herbs, suitable for feeding animals. Temporary grasses are included in this category. Since 2015, grazing land dominated by trees and bushes are included.
Data on grazing land released in this table partly deviates from the figures published in the printed editions of Land use in Sweden before 2010. The reason is that partly other sources have been used for this table in order to facilitate comparisons over time and to harmonize land use statistics with official agriculture statistics.
Sources are, for 2015, Swedish Board of Agriculture; for 2010, 2005, 1999, 1995, 1990, 1981 and 1951, the Agricultural census.
land use category
total forest
Land spanning more than 0.5 hectares with trees higher than 5 meters and a canopy cover of more than 10 percent, or trees able to reach these thresholds in situ. Total forest is the sum of productive forest and non-productive forest.
Contact and information

Information

Official statistics
Yes
Latest update
2019-02-20
Contact
Jerker Moström, Statistics Sweden
+46 010-479 40 31
jerker.mostrom@scb.se

Stefan Svanström, Statistics Sweden
+46 010-479 45 58
Stefan.Svanstrom@scb.se

Unit
Arable land and forest land, hectares:
hectares
Reference time
Arable land and forest land, hectares:
31 of december on the actual year of reference. Deviations may occur.
Data type
Arable land and forest land, hectares:
Average
Day adjusted
Arable land and forest land, hectares:
No
Seasonally adjusted
Arable land and forest land, hectares:
No
Creation date
2020-11-26
Responsible authority
Statistics Sweden
Matrix
MI0803AI