The Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project has now published the most recent population estimate, regarding both growth rate and size for the year 2008. At national level, the population growth rate is estimated at 4.5 % per year (calculated from standardized hunter derived large carnivore observations during the period 1998-2007). The brown bear population size is calculated using the above mentioned observations as well as the results from the DNA-based monitoring that has been carried out in the majority of counties with a bear population. Nationally, the brown bear population is estimated to approximately 3221 (2950-3492) bears in 2008. More information regarding method and county-based results is available in report 2009-2 (in Swedish). You can find the pdf here.