Finnish mines set a new production record in 2010 reaching a total of 70 million tons, according to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The actual mining total was also a new record at 34 million tons.
Finland’s mining production has doubled over the past decade and the growth has been especially fast in recent years. In 2009 the actual mining total increased by 10 million tons. Talvivaara base metals mine in eastern Finland and Suurikuusikko gold mine in Finnish Lapland have contributed significantly to this growth, according to Pekka Suomela, Chief Inspector of Mines at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
If the global demand for metals and minerals continues, Suomela predicts that the Finnish mining industry will continue its brisk growth and total production will exceed 100 million tons in a few years. The number of mine workers in Finland has also increased and the total workforce, including sub-contractors, is currently about 3000-3500 people. Suomela expects that there will be 5000 jobs in the Finnish mining industry in the near future.