New record for Swedish ore production
2013 was a record year for the Swedish ore production reaching almost 80 million tons, an increase of ten percent since 2012. Iron ore production has the largest increase, despite the fact that there are currently only five iron ore mines in operation compared to the record year of 1974 when there were 30 mines.
Swedish ore production set a new record for the fourth consecutive year. 79.1 million tons was produced, which is an increase of ten percent from the year before. Iron ore production had the largest single increase with 17 percent, to 37.4 million tons. The highest iron ore production level ever was in 1974, when 44 million tonnes were mined. At that time there were 30 iron ore mines in the country, compared with the five iron ore mines that exist today.
Production of non-iron ore was also the highest ever – 41.7 million tons. Silver production was 241 ton (ten percent increase from 2012) and gold production was 6,5 tons (nine percent increase).