By Pernilla Gäverth 2:58 am PST

Over half of the land in Sweden is covered by forests. The most common trees are generally the pine and spruce in the forests of Sweden. Pine tends to be the dominant tree in the north, while the spruce tends to be more common in the south and particularly sharing land with the birch tree. Tree types that are of the broadleaf tree species include the oak, birch, aspen and beech. All those broadleaf trees are found in Sweden.

The forest industry in Sweden is of high importance. It has a significant impact on the employment sector and national economical income from exports of wood related products. Sweden is a leader in the industry of wood processing.

The UN declared that March 21 is International Forest Day, and the day is acknowledged by Sweden.

Nature plays a large role in the Swedish lifestyle. No matter where you are in Sweden, pristine green spaces are never far away, so it is not surprising that in 1909, it was the first country in Europe to establish a system of national parks. Nine parks were designated in that first year alone. Currently, Sweden has 30 national parks, all of which are open to the public and free of charge.