Swedish mining industry

Sweden – Europe’s leading mining nation

Sweden accounts for 93% of all iron ore produced within the EU, and one of the leading producers of other base metals. 2020 was the most productive year ever for the Swedish mining industry with approximately 87.9 million tonnes of ore produced. An increase of 2 percent from the previous record year 2019.

93% Iron ore

Sweden accounts for 93% of all iron ore produced within the EU (2020)

32,8% Lead

Sweden accounts for 32,8% of all lead produced in the EU (2020)

34,4% Zinc

Sweden accounts for 34.4% of all zinc produced within the EU (2020)

18,8% Gold

Sweden accounts for 18.8% of all gold produced within the EU (2020)

18,3% Silver

Sweden accounts for 18,3% of all silver produced within the EU (2020)

10,7% Copper

Sweden accounts for 10,7% of all copper produced within the EU (2020)

SEK 909 million

Exploration investments: SEK 909 million. The majority are near-mine exploration; within or near an existing mine.

12 producing mines

In Sweden, there are 12 producing metal mines (2020)

6,8 million tonnes industrial minerals

In 2020, 6,8 million tonnes of industrial minerals were produced, of which 5,7 million tonnes of lime.

60% of the world's underground equipment

Swedish engineering companies produce 60 percent of the world's underground equipment. Sweden (Luleå University of Technology) is Europe's node in research on the extraction of metals and minerals.

6 TWh

Svemin's mineral extracting and metal-producing companies require a stable supply of energy. Electricity consumption in 2020 was approximately 6 TWh for these companies.