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October 23, 2019

Sweden: Bark beetle outbreak hits sawlog prices

Sweden: Bark beetle outbreak hits sawlog prices

Both sawlog and pulpwood prices in Sweden decreased during the 3Q 2019 for the first time since 2016, as the bark beetle infestation hit the country. On average, the sawlog price decreased by 5.5% (down to SEK 496/m3 or EUR 46.26/m3), while the pulpwood price decreased by 4.7 % compared to the 2Q 2019.

Damage to spruce forest is extensive following the spruce bark beetle outbreak over the past 12 months. This explains why spruce sawlogs prices have suffered the largest decreases.

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