28 Sep 2010

Sverige vs Australia #16

2 Comments Sverige vs Australia

Time for Sweden to step up so I’ll bring out a Swedish golden card – allemansrätten (litterally everyman’s right).

Naturvårdsverket, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency explains what allemansrätten is like this;

The Right of Public Access is a unique right to roam freely in the countryside. But with the right come responsibilities – to take care of nature and wildlife and to show consideration for landowners and for other people enjoying the countryside. The Swedish EPA sums up the Right of Public Access in the phrase – ‘Don’t disturb – Don’t destroy’.

This means that you may hike, cycle, ride a horse or ski almost anywhere in the countryside. You are free to pick berries, mushrooms and flowers (unless they are protected plants, some protected plants must not be picked at all and in other cases you may be allowed to pick a bunch for yourself, but not to dig up plants by the roots or collect them for sale.). You may put up your tent for a night or two in the countryside as long as you don’t disturb the landowner or cause damage to nature. You may light a fire if the conditions are safe and much more. The Right of Public Access does not cover fishing and hunting where special rules apply.

You got to love that and Sweden definitely gets a point for this.

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2 Responses to “Sverige vs Australia #16”

  1. Reply Simon says:

    What if you want to go shooting on your "land" and randomly hit someone wondering though your "land" while deer hunting??…. 😛

  2. Reply Anna - Swaussie says:

    There are different seasons for hunting babe on you sort of try to stay away from the forest during hunting season. 🙂

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