Sunday, July 5, 2009

RIGHT OF PUBLIC ACCESS (The Swedish Allemansratten)

Swedes who live abroad, begin to miss their exceptional access to nature.
Of course there are a lot of parks in the cities in Sweden, but most importantly, there is an old established right of public access to land outside the cities.

This means that Swedes do not encounter fenced in areas with signs that forbid access like one might in other countries. They do not have to drive for hours, to come to a National Park to get into nature.

The public access has never been a problem for property owners. The country is large and the population relatively small and with the old right of public access also comes responsibilities for the public.
To read more what you can do and what you cannot do, click here!

Wikipedia writes more on the freedom to roam.

A person in a Swedish city can, unlike their counterparts in cities on the continent, without owning their own land, have the pleasure of picking berries in the summer and mushrooms in the fall. And of course enjoy long relaxing walks, without worrying about trespassing. (This guy tried it: See what he writes)

There are also many nature reserves in Sweden.
This lake (Delsjon) and the surrounding area is a nature reserve reachable with a 15 minute tram ride from the center of Gothenburg. Here you can ski, hike, fish, swim or go for hour long walks.

Read about a foreign student who tried it out on a winter day. She took some pictures too. Click here!

Sweden might have high taxes, but our access to nature is quite exceptional.

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