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Press release 11.12.2006


The Finnish Statistical Yearbook of Forestry 2006 - forest sector in numbers

Exports in forestry declined by 10 per cent in 2005


Finland is the world’s leading exporter of magazine and fine papers and placed third in wood imports.
Seventy-eight percent of Finland’s land area is classified as forestry land. These and other essential statistical facts are now available in the recently printed Finnish Statistical Yearbook of Forestry 2006.

The data concerns mostly the events of 2005 but also includes some monthly series extending to the current year. The most significant event that took place in the forest sector in 2005 was the industrial action in the pulp and paper industry from May to June. It was the biggest industrial dispute in ten years, and it affected the entire forest sector. The value of exports declined by ten per cent and the commercial roundwood removals were reduced by five per cent. The Yearbook addresses the most important consequences of this industrial action.

Essential results on national forest inventories are also released in the Yearbook. The NFI10, during 2004–2005, was the tenth inventory of forest resources in Finland. The results show that the volume of the growing stock in Finland had increased to 2176 cubic metres and the volume of increment of the growing stock had become 97 million cubic metres per year. However, the growing stock drain (fellings and dead trees) was only 67 million cubic metres in 2005. Since the 1970s, the annual increment of growing stock has clearly exceeded the drain.

These facts represent just a tiny fraction of the information presented in the Yearbook. The book contains more than 400 pages on Finnish forestry and forest industries.

All forest statistics are available also through the Internet at Metinfo Tilastopalvelu (subject to a charge). An electronic version of the yearbook can also be downloaded from the same address, including the tables.

Publication: Metsätilastollinen vuosikirja 2006. Skogsstatistisk årsbok. Finnish Statistical Yearbook of Forestry. 438 pages, price 42 € (incl. VAT).

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