Case Study of Sweden

  • J. P. O’Hagan


Sweden, with a total area of 45 million hectares, is the third largest country in Europe. Forests cover more than half of its area, however, and an additional 40 per cent consists of mountains, moorlands and lakes. Thus only about 3 million hectares, 7 per cent of the total area, is currently used for farming purposes. Because of the northerly location and mountainous topography, most of the areas suitable for agricultural use are in the southern and central parts of the country. Half of the total arable land is located in the plains along the west and south coasts and surrounding the lakes in central Sweden, and a further almost 40 per cent in the hilly farming and forestry regions in south and central Sweden. Farm holdings in the northern parts of the country consist largely of forests and rough grazing land.


Arable Land Agricultural Sector Farm Family Farm Holding Farm Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. O’Hagan
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  1. 1.Global Perspective Studies UnitFAORomeItaly

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