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Camping, Kristinehamn, Värmland
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Facts

Swedish right to roam

The Right of Public Access (‘Allemansrätt’), or Outdoor Access Rights as it is now known, gives you the right to roam the countryside in Sweden in perfect peace and quiet.

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. 

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.


Freedom to roam in practise

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.
  • Campfires are allowed.
  • 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.