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Camping, Kristinehamn, Värmland
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About the right to access Swedish nature

The Right of Public Access (‘Allemansrätt’), or Outdoor Access Rights gives you the right to roam the countryside in Sweden in perfect peace and quiet. Important info! Please note the general fire ban in Sweden.

Fire bans in Sweden 

The risk of fire will be reaching extreme levels this week. Please take responsibility and respect the fire ban! Please read the following announcement if you are planning a visit to Sweden this summer. 

Announcement to the general public 23rd July:

The dry and hot weather is basically continuing throughout the entire country. The risk of fire will be reaching  extreme levels this week. Four critical forest fires are in progress, and there is a very high risk of more, especially in the southern part of the country and in the Mälardal region. At this moment, forest fires must be fought early. A small spark can quickly spread and have serious consequences.

The situation is extremely serious. MSB (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) urges everyone to take responsibility and follow local fire bans. If you cause a fire, you can be held liable. Read the full announcement here (text from MSB)

This is the Right of Public Access

When you are in Sweden you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house or land under cultivation. We call it the Freedom to Roam.

Sweden’s natural wonders; Swedish Lapland, the Swedish mountains, coastlines and archipelagos are waiting for you to come and discover them.

So come to Sweden and claim your right to enjoy the sights and sounds of Sweden’s great outdoors.

The Right of Public Access is a unique right to roam freely in the countryside. But with this right come responsibilities – to take care of nature and wildlife and to show consideration for landowners and for other people enjoying the countryside. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sums up the Right of Public Access in the phrase ‘Don’t disturb – Don’t destroy.’ 

Freedom to roam in practice

It is somewhat more detailed in its own section of the law. Breaking it down, here is how it goes:

  • You are allowed to access any land, except private residences, the immediate vicinity (70 meters) of a dwelling house and cultivated land.
  • You can put up a tent.
  • You are allowed to collect flowers, mushrooms and berries.
  • Driving on private roads is allowed unless there’s a sign saying otherwise.
  • Swimming in lakes is allowed.
  • You can access any beach as long as you stay away from private residences.
  • You are allowed to catch fish in the five big lakes and along the entire coastline.

Source: The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For more detailed information, follow these links to the The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).