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Land use in Sweden by county and land use category. Every fifth year 2010 - 2015
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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.
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.
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.
open mire
Open mire does not include peat pits.
open mire
Mire which is not forested, for example mire dominated by bare impediments, other wooded land, etc. Open mire consists of the sum of unproductive mire land except that the sub-category forest on mire has been excluded, according to the FAO definition and derived from the Swedish National Forest Inventory. In this table, forested mire is included under forest (see productive forest; non-productive forest; and total forest).
heathland and herb meadow
Heath land and meadows which are open due to climate, soil type or bedrock, or water. Included are natural grasslands, wet meadows and heaths. Heath land and meadows data in this table derives from Svenska marktäckedata (Swedish Environmental Protection Agency 2003).
bare rock and other land
A combination of known land use categories, such as bare rock and glaciers, and unclassified land which constitutes the difference between the total land area and the sum of each formal land use category. Measurements are uncertain and should be considered approximate.
Bare rock consists of areas with bare rock without earth or vegetation or boulder clusters. Bare rock in forest is included under forest (see productive forest; non-productive forest; and total forest).
Glaciers consist of land covered by glaciers and perpetual snow.
The remaining, unclassified land may consist of impediments which cannot be tied to a formal land use category, for example power line clearings or very small wetlands and lakes.
water
Inland water does not include sea water.
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 in Sweden, hectares:
hectares
Reference time
Land use in Sweden, hectares:
31 of december on the actual year of reference. Deviations may occur.
Data type
Land use in Sweden, hectares:
Average
Day adjusted
Land use in Sweden, hectares:
No
Seasonally adjusted
Land use in Sweden, hectares:
No
Creation date
2020-11-26
Responsible authority
Statistics Sweden
Matrix
MI0803AA