Statistical Database
Land use in Sweden by municipality and land use category. Every fifth year 2010 - 2015
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Footnotes

region
A minor share of the land area occupied by the road network has not been possible to break down on municipality level. Thus, the summarized value of land used for transport infrastructure will differ somewhat between county and municipality.
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
arable land
Land used for, or potentially can be used for, crop production or grazing and is suitable for plowing.
grazing land
Land used for, or potentially can be conveniently used for, grazing and is not suitable for plowing.
productive forest
Productive forest land is 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 county levels, figures are based on data from the Swedish National forest inventory. Regarding municipal level, 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.
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, figures are based on data from the Swedish National forest inventory. Regarding municipal level, 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.
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.
built up land and associated land
Land occupied by buildings and associated land, for example gardens and plots, parking lots, storage areas for industrial purposes or other kind of facilities associated with built up land, including roads, railways, ports and airports.
land with pits, quarries and mines
Consists of land with pits, quarries and mines.
Land with pits and quarries is used for the extraction or collection of rocks, sand and other material from quarries and sandpits, or peat from peat pits, in order to utilize the material for trade or own use.
Land with mines are mining areas used for the extraction of minerals in open-pit or underground mines, usually in conjunction with mineral processing within the same area, resulting in the separation of commercially valuable minerals from their ores.
land used for golf courses and ski pistes
Consists of land used for golf courses and ski pistes. Includes both commercial and non-profit facilities.
Land used for golf courses is primarily used for golf related activities. The included land consists both of the actual golf course (fairway, rough, tee, etc.) and associated facilities and parking lots. Small patches of forest land or other land close to the golf course may also be included.
Land used for ski pistes is primarily used for downhill skiing. The included land consists both of ski pistes and associated ski lifts and parking lots. Small patches of forest land or other land close to the ski pistes may also be included.
water
Inland water does not include sea water.
other land
The category other land in this table is an overarching category consisting of the land use categories open mire; heathland and herb meadow; bare rock and other land, which cannot be included separately at municipal level. Open mire, heathland and herb meadow are included separately and defined in footnotes in the table: Land use in Sweden by county and land use category.
total land area
Total land area of all land use categories. Land area excludes water, except for watercourses of a width of 6 metres or less, and meres and smaller pools of water up to maximum of several 10km² in size.
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
Land use, hectares:
hectares
Reference time
Land use, hectares:
31 of december on the actual year of reference. Deviations may occur.
Data type
Land use, hectares:
Average
Day adjusted
Land use, hectares:
No
Seasonally adjusted
Land use, hectares:
No
Creation date
2020-11-26
Responsible authority
Statistics Sweden
Matrix
MI0803AB