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Felling of Wood in the Danish Forests

These statistics cover the production of wood in Danish forests and plantations. The figures are used for the calculation of the gross value added for forestry. Statistics on felling of wood in Danish forests and plantations can be traced back to 1950.

Statistical presentation

The statistics are a yearly enumeration of number of forestry farms by size of area, tree felling and size of the forestry area. The tree felling is divided into tree for energy, firewood and different kinds of timber. Timber can for instance be used for production of paper and furniture. The figures are distributed geographically by regions and provinces.

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Statistical processing

The base of the statistics is a sample survey with questionnaires. The sample is representative for regions and size groups..

The questionnaires are completed online. Before publication the answers are validated where each single questionnaire is subject to a control for reliability.

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There is no survey on user satisfaction but the main impression is a high degree of satisfaction, however many users would like to have figures for area with forestry by municipalities.

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Accuracy and reliability

Due to a small sample of only 10 percent of the forests the sample error is higher than for similar agricultural surveys, also because a relatively big part of the felling is among small forests with a low coverage in the sample.

The sample error of felling of trees s about 2 per cent.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published in November the year after the reference year. The figures for 2022 however were first published December 16 2023.

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The survey has always had the same standard and the same target population. Prior to the 2012 survey Statistics Denmark conducted a project aiming at improving the register of forestry farms. At the same time the extrapolation was for the first time made dependent on the total area with forestry. It means that the total felling in 2012 estimated to 3.1 million m3 should be seen as reliable whereas the results recent years before 2012 most likely are underestimated by about 500.000 m3.

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Accessibility and clarity

These statistics are published yearly in a Danish press release and in the StatBank under Forestry.

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