S.N. Particular   Time of Information Source
01 Country Finland    
02 Population (Million) 5.49 2015
03 Total Pulp/Paper/Paperboard Production 10.320 2015 FAO
03.1 Corrugated/Packaging 3.910
03.2 Newsprint 0.273
03.3 Writing & printing 5.647
03.4 Others 0.500
04 Import 0.377
05 Export 9.85
06 Net Consumption 0.846
07 Per Capita Consumption (Kg./year/person) 154.0
08.0 Recovered Paper: Collection 0.613
08.1                              Import 0.047
08.2                              Export 0.092
08.4                              Consumption/Usage 0.568
09.0 Wood Pulp:           Production 10.450
09.1                              Import 0.408
09.2                              Export 3.136
09.4                              Consumption/Usage 7.721
10 No. of Pulp/Paper Mills      
11 Main Raw Materials      
12 Major Companies      

All Production, Import, Export and Net Consumption numbers are in Million Metric Tons (1,000,000,000 Kg.)
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The Finnish forest industry in 2012: European economic crisis depresses forest industry production — economic growth must be boosted, not hindered 
The main markets of the Finnish forest industry are in Europe, where the economic downturn showed no sign of relenting. The economic crisis further emphasises how significant the competitiveness of the Finnish forest industry is.   
“If we so desire, domestic decisions can help our competitiveness to be on the winning side once the European economy returns to a growth track,” says Timo Jaatinen, Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

“The upcoming spending limits negotiations and the Government's mid-term review must focus on promoting growth conditions and repairing the damage done to our competitiveness. The starting point for our nation's prosperity is formed by a vibrant and competitive export industry that can afford to invest and provide employment,” Jaatinen says.

Retaining the competitiveness of the Finnish forest industry on even its present level calls for cost discipline. In addition to direct costs, expenses associated with other branches of industry cumulate in forest industry. Labour market negotiators, for example, must create solutions that do not raise costs in the export sector. Rising domestic costs cannot be transferred to product prices on the global markets.    

“We need immediate decisions on how to compensate, for example, the hundreds of millions of euro in extra costs the Sulphur Directive will cause to the export sector. Plans for a windfall tax that would punish the forest industry must also be dropped. Instead of implementing tax hikes, which burden industrial vitality, we should be looking for means with which to boost, not curb, economic growth,” Jaatinen says.

Paper production in the red, paperboard showing signs of recovery 

In total, Finland produced 10.7 million tonnes of paper and paperboard in 2012; this is 5.6% less than in 2011. The fall in production volumes was due especially to the economic downturn in the main market areas of Europe, production capacity cuts and a fall in demand for graphic paper grades. Graphic papers, i.e. printing, writing and newsprint grades, account for about two-thirds of the Finnish paper industry's overall production.

Production of paperboard for packaging use came to 2.8 million tonnes. Paperboard production volumes showed signs of a slight recovery in the final quarter of 2012 and this helped overall annual production to exceed the previous year's volume by about one percent.

Pulp production totalled 6.8 million tonnes, up more than one percent from 2011. Pulp exports were up more than 12% from the previous year.

Lengthy slump in construction activity kept wood products industry production in the red  

Sawn timber production was down 4% on the previous year and came to 9.3 million cubic metres. The volume of exports was slightly higher than in 2011, however. Domestic consumption decreased. Weak demand in Europe was compensated by growing demand in the Middle East and North Africa as well as by the ongoing rebuilding effort in Japan.

The industry's raw wood costs were high relative to the market prices fetched by end products. This burdened especially the sawmill industry, whose raw material expenses account for some 70% of overall production costs.  

Annual timber sales were more subdued than on average. Energy and emission allowance prices remained moderate because of the economic crisis.

Further information:
Timo Jaatinen, Director General, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 9 132 6600


Trend of paper and paperboard production in Finland

 In 2008, nearly 9 million tonnes of printing and writing paper was produced

ternd of pulp and paper production in Finland

Paper & Paperboard Production in Finland

For 2015 and complete Forest Product Industry Statistics go to   Finish Forest Industry

Top 5 Wood Pulp Producing Countries (Million Metric Ton in 2015)

Countries Million MT
  Production Imports Exports Net Consumption
World 175.6 58.7 59.1 175.3
USA 49.4 5.4 7.7 47.0
Brazil 17.8 0.42 12.0 6.2
Canada 17.6 0.33 9.9 8.0
Sweden 11.6 0.39 3.5 8.5
Finland 10.5 0.41 3.1 7.7

Top 5 Paper & Paperboard Exporting Countries  (Million Metric Ton in 2015)

Countries Million MT
  Production Imports Exports Net Consumption
World 406.3 105.5 110.6 401.2
Germany 22.6 10.6 13.2 20.0
USA 72.4 9.5 11.6 70.3
Finland 10.3 0.38 9.85 0.85
Sweden 10.2 0.80 9.81 1.16
Canada 10.6 2.67 7.62 5.64