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Aitik, just south of Gällivare in northern Sweden, is Sweden's largest open-pit coppermine.

Photo: Boliden Mineral AB.

Swedish ore mines

Sweden has a history of mining and metal refining stretching back more than a thousand years. Today, Sweden is one of the EU's leading ore and metal producers. Sweden is by far the largest iron ore producer in the EU and is also among the foremost producers of base and precious metals.

Many Swedish engineering companies have their origins in the mining industry and are today world leaders in mining equipment and mining technology. Besides metal mines, there is also a major industrial mineral production of which a part is directly linked to the production of metals.

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In the late 1910s, there were nearly 500 mines in Sweden which produced nearly 8 million tonnes of ore. Just 50 years ago, there were around 100 mines in Sweden which produced approximately 20 million tonnes of ore. In Sweden today, around 80 million tonnes of ore are mined. 16 mines were in operation in 2013. 

Read more about the different steps of the decision process under Legislation and guidance

Most of the mines are found in Sweden's three ore regions, Norrbotten, the Skellefteå field and Bergslagen.

SGU issues publications which describe and report statistics from the mining and mineral industry. You will find the different publications on the right of this page.