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News 8.7.2013

Number of farmed fur animals has decreased by more than one-half

The number of farmed fur animals has decreased by more than one-half since 1985. While there were 8.2 million farmed fur animals in 1985, in 2012 there were only 3.6 million. Of these, 1.8 million were minks and 1.6 million blue foxes. There were some 100,000 silver foxes and raccoon dogs. These data derive from Statistics Finland's new publication, Environment Statistics Yearbook 2013.

The biggest change in farming took place in the late 1980s when especially mink farming decreased permanently. Farming of European polecats has nearly stopped all together.

Farmed fur production in 1980 to 2012

Source: Finnish Fur Breeders' Association

Diversified compilation publication on the environment

The Environment Statistics Yearbook published annually by Statistics Finland contains statistical data on several themes related to our living environment. The publication is in two languages, Finnish and English.

The topics covered in the publication include greenhouse gas emissions and emissions into air by industry, burdening and condition of waters, waste, land use, forests, biological diversity, material requirement, energy and electricity consumption, transport, environmental taxation, environmental protection expenditure, and environmental goods and services. For most topics there are also comparison data from other EU countries.

The Yearbook and its graphs and tables will also be published on Statistics Finland's website as a free web-based service in August.

Source: Environment Statistics Yearbook 2013 Statistics Finland. The Yearbook can be ordered from the customer service of Edita Publishing Oy, tel. +358 20 450 05 or from Edita's NetMarket online store

Inquiries: Tuula Kyllönen +358 9 1734 3546,