Benefit: Roundwood removals

Annual roundwood removals fluctuated around 50 million cubic meters at the end of the 1980s. In the beginning of 1990s removals declined notably but increased soon again and have remained at approximately 60 million cubic meters since the end of the 1990s. 2009 was an exceptional year: the removals decreased about 20% mainly because of economic recession and large wood stocks. In 2010 and 2011 volumes have risen back to previous levels.

During 19901999 the total roundwood removals increased by almost 25%. The increase was slightly faster in southern Finland than in northern Finland. During 20002012 roundwood removals have decreased more than 5%. The decreasing trend has occured only in southern parts of the country. In northern Finland the roundwood removals have continued to grow slowly.


The pulpwood removals of pine have doubled since the beginning of the 1980s. In 2012 they covered 14 million cubic metres. The log removals of pine increased also in the 1990s and beginning of the 2000s but have decreased back to the level of the 1980s in recent years.


The pulpwood removals of spruce have remained quite stable since the 1980s, mostly between 8 and 10 cubic metres annually. Instead, the log removals of spruce were considerably higher in 1994–2004 than in the 1980s, but decreased again in the 2010s.


Hardwood consists of deciduous trees, mainly birch.  The pulpwood removals of hardwood has increased somewhat since 1980s, especially on the time period starting in the early 1990s. The log removals of hardwood has, however, decreased by more than 40% in 1982–2012.


Finnish Statistical Yearbooks of Forestry. Finnish Forest Research Institute.

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