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Picking Mushroom, Stockholm
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Overview

Allemansrätten - Sweden's right of public access

"The Right of Public Access", or 'Allemansrätten' as we call it, invites everyone to roam free and explore the beauty of our country. As long as you do not disturb and do not destroy, you are welcome to enjoy nature as much as you want. And just a tip – it’s always easy to find local guides and wildlife experts that can help you get the full experience of Swedish nature.

'Allemansrätten' and the important must-knows

The right of public access allows you to indulge in almost any form of outdoor recreational activity – from hiking and riding, to swimming and berry picking. This is Sweden’s right of public access in a nutshell.

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Photo: Heléne Grynfarb/imagebank.sweden.se
A nice swim as the Midnight Sun slowly descends is a great way to enjoy summer.
Sweden |
Photo: Heléne Grynfarb/imagebank.sweden.se

Safety first when playing with fire

Sweden’s right of public access allows anyone to light a fire out in the nature. But there are restrictions for safeguarding Sweden’s beautiful and timber-rich countryside. This is how it works: Cosy campfires – and how to play it safe.

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Photo: Miriam Preis/imagebank.sweden.se
Cooking in nature.
Malmö, Skåne |
Photo: Miriam Preis/imagebank.sweden.se

Respecting the privacy of house owners - “Hemfridszonen”

“Hemfridszonen” translates roughly into English as “peace-at-home-zone” and is somewhat vague, but also vital knowledge for all. Here are five tips on how to determine what distance to keep: Freedom to roam near houses – how near is too near? 

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Photo: Emma Ivarsson/imagebank.sweden.se
Walking in the Swedish countryside, along traditional red houses and meadow.
Småland |
Photo: Emma Ivarsson/imagebank.sweden.se

Get off the beaten path, but mind how you drive and park your vehicle

To protect wildlife, safeguard nature and ensure that the Swedish countryside remains the peaceful haven that it is, it's not allowed to drive or park however you want. This is how it works: Sweden’s right of public access and venturing off-road.

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Photo: Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se
Driving under the midnight sun.
Swedish Lapland |
Photo: Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se