The statistics describe developments pertaining to the Swedish merchant fleet and other large Swedish vessels, and how those vessels are being used.

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About the statistics

About the statistics

Data concerning number, size, age and primary use are reported for each vessel type. Vessels that are registered in and deregistered from the Swedish register are categorised based on, for example, whether they are newly built or changed to a foreign register. The section pertaining to vessel use also includes chartered foreign merchant vessels. The on board employees of Swedish shipping lines are also elucidated in the report with respect to occupation, citizenship and gender.

Previous publications
Description Report Tables Documentation
Swedish vessels and foreign vessels chartered from abroad 2019
Swedish vessels and foreign vessels chartered from abroad 2018
Swedish vessels and foreign vessels chartered from abroad 2017
Swedish vessels and foreign vessels chartered from abroad 2016
Swedish vessels and foreign vessels chartered from abroad, 2015

The scope of the survey

The survey includes all Swedish-registered and leased merchant- and specialised vessels with gross tonnage of at least 100. Smaller vessels are included in certain tables and diagrams.


The report on Swedish vessels and foreign vessels chartered from abroad is published electronically each year (in May) in pdf and Excel formats (to enable independent processing).

In early 2015 Transport Analysis discovered certain errors in the vessel reports for 2008–2013. A small number of State-owned ships and boats had been erroneously included in the statistics, even though they should have been excluded. In some table cells the percentage overestimates were high, but in total the overestimates of merchant ships amounted to just a few vessels (primarily other passenger vessels) each year, while the extraneous specialised ships numbered in the tens. In light of this, the reports since 2014  onwards contain more time series. The most important variables have thus been corrected for 2008–2013. Additional corrections are found in the block ”Corrections” higher up on this page. These data are to be used instead of the data published previously. We will not make corrections directly in materials already published, although more corrections may be made in separate tables upon request.

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