When I first arrived in Sweden, I noticed that there is so much greenery around, even in the city. Near my first apartment, there was a forest right behind my place and it was only 10 minutes away from the city. It was simply amazing. From where I came from, pieces of land like that would have been turned into precious development.
The Swedish nature is so beautiful and it is a no wonder the Swedes themselves loves the outdoors so much. I may have fallen in love with the nature myself. It is simply amazing as I watched the changes in season. With such beautiful nature, you may want to know what you can and cannot do when you are outdoors.
Allemansrätten basically allows everyone to enjoy the Swedish nature freely with the exceptions of nature reserves and some protected areas where some of the rules in allemansrätten do not apply.
What can you do outdoors?
Since allemansrätten allows everyone to enjoy the nature freely, so basically things such as walking, cycling, skiing and camping is allowed on any land except privately owned land. There are other outdoor activities that is very common among the Swedes such as:
- Horse riding
- Flower, berry and mushroom picking
Though one can do basically almost anything outdoors, but it is also very important to know the rules and the restrictions to every activity.
Take fishing for example. You will need to know where are the locations that you can fish with or without a fishing license. Fishing is regulated by the Fisheries Act. Therefore some rules apply. If you would want to know more about the rules among those activities listed above, you may visit Swedish Environment Protection Agency (Svenska Naturvårdsverket). Their website is in Swedish but there is an option to switch the language to English.
Written by Yen Ling Lee
I’m Yen Ling and I am originally from Malaysia and have been living in Stockholm for the past 2½ years. I love to travel and I love food. Therefore, I travel to places for good food. When I am not working in my kitchen, I try to hit the gym as often as possible or go out for a run while enjoying the lovely Swedish air.