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THE SWEDISH RIGHT OF PUBLIC ACCESS ("Allemansrätten")

The Right of Public Access makes everybody free to roam the Swedish countryside. But there are some things you must keep in mind when you are out walking, camping, climbing, picking flowers or doing something else in the countryside.

Hiking and skiing

You can walk or ski pretty much anywhere in the countryside. The exceptions are the grounds of a house or cultivated ground, and of course it's not allowed to trespass on a golf course without permission.

Cycling

You may cycle across country and on private roads. However, be sure not to ride across the grounds of a house, on cultivated land or on ground that is easily damaged. National parks and nature reserves have special rules that usually is posted on information signs at the site.

Horse riding

You can ride freely in the countryside, but choose your path carefully and avoid soft ground to prevent damage.

Hunting and fishing

The Right of Public Access does not cover hunting or fishing. Basically fishing in lakes often require a fishing card, but it's free to fish anywhere along the coast. For exact and full information, visit Swedish environmental protection agency


Picking flowers, berries, mushrooms, etc.

You are free to pick flowers, berries and mushrooms in the countryside. But keep in mind that some plants are protected, meaning that they must not be picked. Some are also poisonous so never pick something if you're not certain what it is.

Dogs

Dogs are of course welcome in the countryside. However, dog owners must observe strict rules in order to protect wildlife.

Lighting fires

You may light a fire in the country if conditions are safe. But while a campfire adds to the outdoor ambience, it is a cause of concern to landowners. You may not light a fire on open rock, since it may crack and because of fire hazard you can't make a camp fire in national reserves.

Camping – tents

You may pitch your tent for a night or two in the countryside as long as you don’t disturb the landowner or cause damage to nature.

Camping – caravans and motor homes

The basic rule is that on weekdays you may stay for up to 24 hours in lay-bys and sign-posted parking areas along public roads. On weekends and public holidays you may stay until the next weekday.

Swimming, boating, and driving on ice

The Right of Public Access applies both on land and water. You can swim, sail almost anywhere, moor your boat and spend a night or two on board.

Fences and signs

Landowners are not allowed to put up fences to keep people off land that is subject to the Right of Public Access.

Private roads

Private roads are most important for outdoor recreation and for our ability to actually make use of the Right of Public Access.

For full information on the right of public access, please visit: Swedish environmental protection agency

 

 
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