Forest properties

Updated: 17 September 2021

Next update: 16 September 2022

Number of forest properties
Number of forest properties
2020
125 485

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Commercial roundwood removals, by county and size of property. Cubic metre
Commercial roundwood removals, by county and size of property. Cubic metre1
TotalSize class by productive forest area in decares
25-99 decares100-249 decares250-499 decares500-999 decares1000-1999 decares2000-4999 decares5000-19999 decares20 000 decares or more
The whole country
201610 167 326496 355990 9001 372 8661 527 8021 650 1051 515 6051 174 0501 439 643
201710 515 878504 8171 051 4551 293 1531 669 3151 662 1631 569 3241 184 8681 580 783
201810 978 200525 4681 113 9551 391 4291 843 4171 715 8141 636 6571 302 7421 448 718
201911 231 975496 5371 015 4551 442 2221 987 6781 761 7501 690 1411 413 0351 425 157
202010 415 294429 397944 8611 315 0831 665 4831 690 5541 579 8371 295 9811 494 098
County
Oslo and Viken2 647 725100 352238 782371 057469 814397 195413 114343 110314 301
Innlandet4 149 150151 894268 363344 922486 455535 808643 736786 809931 163
Vestfold and Telemark1 084 97033 553102 925121 509183 797230 751175 34492 692144 399
Agder812 19515 76472 322122 153166 564222 096181 29332 003-
Rogaland96 5508 52120 64321 82116 20013 574::-
Vestland315 52158 361104 95272 36556 50020 9962 347--
Møre og Romsdal268 37231 26937 74478 18058 59949 05013 530--
Trøndelag - Trööndelage808 00117 58474 622145 650177 701172 850121 21932 01266 363
Nordland - Nordlánnda179 79511 44022 01629 41935 62536 95313 1354 95826 249
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku53 0156592 4928 00714 22811 281::11 623
1Includes properties with at least 25 decares productive forest area. Figures on roundwood removals are based on data from The Forest Trust Fund.
Explanation of symbols
Forest properties by county and size class
Forest properties by county and size class1
TotalSize class by productive forest area in decares
25-99 decares100-249 decares250-499 decares500-999 decares1000-1999 decares2000-4999 decares5000-19999 decares20 000 or more
2020
The whole country125 48543 00232 69421 66015 3867 9533 592970228
County
Oslo and Viken18 1165 8934 5853 0822 3681 26962824447
Innlandet20 8777 3325 0453 2552 3661 476899403101
Vestfold and Telemark9 8583 0392 3511 6691 3138685089317
Agder11 0503 1042 5692 0311 7501 026:69:
Rogaland4 9052 0621 351760465207564-
Vestland16 5476 0334 9633 1251 771532:12:
Møre og Romsdal9 0533 5012 5371 5511 004378766-
Trøndelag - Trööndelage14 3604 0193 2862 7282 2311 33161611039
Nordland - Nordlánnda11 0064 0532 9651 9441 3085831241811
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku9 7133 9663 0421 51581028377119
1Property in The Farm Register with at least 25 decares productive forest area. A forest property includes the total productive forest area owned by one owner within a municipality.
Explanation of symbols
Productive forest area by county and size class in decares
Productive forest area by county and size class in decares1
TotalSize class by productive forest area in decares
25-99 decares100-249 decares250-499 decares500-999 decares1000-1999 decares2000-4999 decares5000-19999 decares20 000 decares or more
2020
The whole country69 923 5282 391 9925 352 3177 701 49410 780 06610 946 72810 570 7898 398 72113 781 420
County
Oslo and Viken11 497 358329 002749 4891 101 3321 665 0721 769 0221 917 0072 018 7041 947 731
Innlandet18 850 373405 900819 7481 155 6791 689 5902 061 0122 727 1133 704 7566 286 575
Vestfold and Telemark6 385 428168 340383 826597 560927 4351 194 0261 468 974806 576838 690
Agder6 020 316172 754425 238728 0331 231 2851 413 288:514 289:
Rogaland1 378 380111 509219 800267 101325 662278 273148 68627 3500
Vestland4 656 671340 993814 0631 100 9621 226 301714 908:88 638:
Møre og Romsdal2 601 968194 335414 497546 153690 028510 776206 08340 0970
Trøndelag - Trööndelage10 617 153224 990544 804987 3961 571 4331 834 4491 788 555939 4422 726 085
Nordland - Nordlánnda4 461 029221 716486 473688 325902 629795 556332 930143 590889 812
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku3 454 853222 455494 380528 953550 632375 418214 252115 281953 483
1Includes properties in The Farm Register with at least 25 decares productive forest area.
Explanation of symbols

About the statistics

The statistics provide an overview of both the forest properties and forestry as an industry.

Forest property

Property with at least 25 decares of productive forest area. Property parcels belonging to the same owner within one municipality are treated as one property.

Personal forest owner

Forest owner owning forest area as an individual owner. Forest areas owned jointly by several individuals are included for one of the owners; the reference owner.

Legal owners

Central government, the Educational Fund, common forest owned by the central government (Statsallmenning), common forest not owned by the central government (Bygdeallmenning), limited company, foundation, municipality etc.

Name: Forest properties

Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

16 September 2022

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

County level.

The statistics are published yearly.

Not relevant

Edited microdata are stored at Statistics Norway.

The purpose of these statistics is to provide an overview of both the forest properties and forestry as an industry. Since 2006, Statistics Norway has published annual statistics for all forest properties by merging data from different administrative data sources. Prior to this, statistics for all forest properties were only available based on full censuses, the last of which was in 1989.

The main users of the statistics are professional forestry organisations, The Ministry of Agriculture and Food and various research and educational institutions.

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Statistics Norway has yearly statistics on commercial roundwood removals and silviculture based on the same sources as these statistics. Linking the Farm Register with these sources makes it possible to publish figures on commercial removals and silviculture by the size of the productive forest area of the properties and the forest owners' productive forest area.

The National Forest Inventory also publishes figures on the productive forest area in Norway. The inventory estimates a productive forest area that is more than 10 per cent larger than the aggregated areas from the forest properties. The National Forest Inventory estimates the area based on sample plots.

The Statistics Act §§2-1 and 3-2

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Including 2010, the statistics comprise all properties in the Farm Register of the Norwegian Agricultural Authority with at least 25 decares of productive forest area.

As from 2011, the number of forest properties and productive forest area are based on new cartographic data analyses and data on owners and properties from the cadastre in combination with data from the Farm register.

Some forest owners are represented in the Farm Register with more than one property within one municipality. In these cases, the properties owned by the same owner are merged into one property within the municipality. Thus the statistics on forest properties up to and including 2011 will include fewer units than the Farm Register. As from 2012 the number of forest properties incresed.

Common forests owned by the central government (Statsallmenning) will always be counted as one single property.

The statistics are derived from existing administrative data files.

Carteographic data and data on forest owners and properties from the cadastre (Land register) are combiined with The Farm Register of the Norwegian Agriculture Agency, and serves as the backbone of the statistics. The information from the Farm Register is combined with information at property level from different data sources such as the Register of Timber Trade and Diverted Trust Fund, and the Forest Trust Fund.

The statistics are derived from the whole population of forest properties.

The statistics are based on linked data files that were edited separately when established. The information on the productive forest area is checked if errors are suspected. Examples: i) If a forest property has commercial felling and does not have a forest area. ii) If a large forest property does not have commercial felling.

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Figures are not presented if there is a risk of identifying any respondent.

The statistics on forest properties are comparable with statistics from the Census of Forestry 1967 and the Censuses of Agriculture and Forestry 1979 and 1989. They are also essentially comparable with statistics from the Sample Survey of Agriculture and Forestry in the 1990s and in 2000 and 2004. The number of forest properties has fallen from 128 300 in 1967 to 116 502 in 2005. The Censuses of Agriculture and Forestry 1979 and 1989 calculated 120 900 and 125 500 forest properties respectively. It has been difficult to trace all small-sized properties without commercial felling. In some regions it is difficult to assess whether the areas are productive or not. As from 2011, carteographic analysis are used to decide the properties and the number of properties increased to 131 800 properties. After a review of the properties that fullfill the requirement, the total in 2014 came to 128 200. This causes difficulties when comparing the number of forest properties over time.

Statistics are published for both forest properties and personal forest owners. The following is a brief explanation of the relationship between these units: a forest property is the forest owners' total productive forest area within a municipality. A forest owner may own forest properties in more than one municipality. Therefore the number of forest owners is less than the number of forest properties with a personal forest owner. About 113 000 forest properties with a personal owner are registered in The Farm Register. Out of the personal forest owners, almost 3 000 are deceased, living abroad or lacking information. The statistics on incomes are based on the personal forest owners that are alive.

The main concern is the quality of productive forest area. In the cadastre, 920 000 decares productive forest area are not linked to a title number of a holding number, and will not be included in the statistics. Furthermore, errors may arise when data are entered into the various administrative registers. Including 2010, 2-3 per cent of the quantity of commercial roundwood felled is not linked to any forest property. As from 2011, the Forest Trust Fund is used as source for roundwood cut. The new source also includes energy woood and some assortments that are removed from the statististics on commercial roundwood removals.

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