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In Sweden, the natural world is never far away! We invite you to come and enjoy our 30 national parks and more than 5 000 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 30 national parks in Sweden. The most recently founded national park is Åsnen National Park in Kronoberg County (est. 2018). In addition, there are more than 5 000 nature reserves covering a vast variety of Swedish nature types. Sweden’s nature reserves account for about 85 percent of all protected lands in total, supported by the Environmental Code. UNESCO has listed 15 Swedish sites as being essential to mankind, world heritages. Three of them are very rich in natural assets.

Sweden’s national parks comprise a magnificent mosaic of different landscape types – from the leafy beech forests of Söderåsen to Sarek’s grandiose alpine world. From the teeming coral reef of Kosterhavet to the undulating sand dunes of Gotska Sandön and Tiveden’s bewitching forests. More than 81 per cent of the total area of national parks in Sweden, is situated within the alpine region in Norrbotten County or sub-alpine region in the same county. 15 per cent of Sweden’s area (including inland waters) is permanently protected as nature conservation areas.

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 32 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.
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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!
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Trees in autumn colours reflecting from a still lake

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.
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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.
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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.
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Trees in autumn colours reflecting from a still lake

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 dance steps of thousands of resting cranes attract huge crowds of spectators.
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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.
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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 other traces of the bygone iron industry.
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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 the flora and fauna is unique; you will find a broad diversity of wood beetles, ferns, mosses, lichen and fungi and many other organism groups.
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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.
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Kullaberg Nature Reserve

Kullaberg - so totally different from the common idea of Skåne.
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