Sweden

In Sweden, the natural world is never far away! We invite you to come and enjoy our 29 national parks and more than 3 500 nature reserves!

The national parks represent the most outstanding examples of Sweden’s natural landscapes. In 1909, Abisko, Sarek, Stora Sjöfallet, Sånfjället, Pieljekaise, Garphyddan, Hamra, Ängsö and Gotska Sandön were the first national parks to be established in Europe. Today, one hundred years later, there are 29 national parks in Sweden. Kosterhavet National Park, which was inaugurated in 2009, is the latest. In addition, there are more than 3 500 nature reserves covering a vast variety of Swedish nature types. Three of the country’s world heritage sites have been designated as such thanks to their high natural values.

 

Deep green and glittering blue
Forests cover about half of Sweden and there are lots of lakes and streams. Nature plays an important role in our culture and the Right of Public Access is a unique institution that gives us all the freedom to roam freely in the Swedish countryside. But it also states that we must take care of nature and wildlife, and show consideration for landowners and other people enjoying the countryside. Thus, the principal rule is "Don’t disturb – don’t destroy".

Inspiration and information
If you are curious to know more about Swedish nature, there are 25 naturum (visitor centres) where you can enjoy exhibitions, take guided tours or simply find brochures and maps of the area. Allow yourself to become inspired to explore the wildlife, forest, land and waters of Sweden!

Swedish nature protection
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency bears the main responsibility for nature protection in Sweden. The 21 County Administrative Boards are normally responsible for the administration and management of the national parks and nature reserves. However, some national parks are administrated by special trusts.

 

For more information, please visit the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency website.

Protected Areas in Sweden

Stenshuvud National Park

Stenshuvud is a place of many geological contrasts and its array of plant and animal species is among the most diverse in the Swedish national park system. Ancient monuments and other interesting historical remains are to be found here as well. The legendary mount of Stenshuvud rises to a height of 97 meters ...

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Ängsö National Park

In 1909, Ängsö and eight other national parks were established in Sweden. They were the first ever national parks in Europe! Ängsö is located in the heart of Roslagen and contains much of the natural and cultural assets of this archipelago area. The foremost sights include the ancient agri ...

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Tyresta National Park

Only 20 kilometres from the centre of Stockholm lies one of the most unspoilt areas of natural beauty in central Sweden – Tyresta National Park and Nature Reserve. The area is characterised by a rift valley landscape which is typical for central Sweden but unique from an international perspective. The ...

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Fulufjället National Park

Fulufjället is an essentially unspoiled nature area in the southernmost part of the Swedish mountain range. With its abundance of activities and unusual sights, Fulufjället National Park in the County of Dalarna is a true must-see for nature lovers! You can ramble through deep ravines and lush ...

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Kosterhavet National Park

Kosterhavet National Park was established in 2009. It is the first national park in Sweden which protects marine wildlife. The majority of the almost 39 000 ha of the park is water, less than 900 ha is land. It is one of the largest national parks in Sweden, and stretches from the Norwegian border in the ...

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Färnebofjärden National Park

Färnebofjärden National Park is part of the river Nedre Dalälven. It is a mosaic of floodplains, old-growth forests, swamps and meadows constituting a unique natural complex teeming with life. Riverside fens and meadows, floodplains and ancient forest guarantee the visitor powerf ...

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Tiveden National Park

The hilly and wild forest landscape, the beautiful lakes, the giant boulders at Stenkälla, the view from the Trollkyrka mountains and the white beach at Vitsand make Tiveden one of the most remarkable national parks in Sweden. The age and huge size of the forest and the untamed landscape give Tiveden it ...

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Lake Hornborga Nature Reserve

Lake Hornborga is situated in the ancient countryside in the tableland of Västergötland. A host of ancient monuments and stone walls, the area bears witness to the activities of generations past. The area is a paradise for resting and breeding wetland birds and, every spring, the lively da ...

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Store Mosse National Park

Store Mosse, "the Big Bog", was designated a national park because it is the largest untouched mire in southern Sweden. The vegetation resembles the wilderness in Lapland and, with some luck, you may spot moose and golden eagle. The size of the national park corresponds to 10 840 football fields and ...

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Västmanland County

Västmanland County includes most landscape types to be found in Sweden — everything from the broad agricultural expanses of the Mälaren Valley with its oaks, castles and manor houses, to the Bergslagen region’s hills and valleys, great forests, mystical lakes, and the old mine shafts and ...

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Söderåsen National Park

Söderåsen National Park in southern Sweden opened in 2001 and covers 1625 hectares. It is a diverse park situated on a horst with mixed deciduous forests dominated by beech, mighty screes, high cliffs, running streams and wide views. In the rift valleys and deciduous forests of the National Park th ...

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Skuleskogen National Park

Skuleskogen National Park was established in 1984 as Sweden’s 19th national park . Situated within the High Coast-Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, the Skuleskogen National Park is like a physical geography textbook visualising how ice, land uplift and waves shape a landscape. The red-coloured N ...

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