The purpose of this survey is to give an overall view of protected areas in Sweden. Protected areas are defined here as statutory protection of nature regulated by the Environmental Code, such as national parks, nature reserves etc.
The survey also gives an account of certain revisions and analyses that have been carried out concerning the general status of nature protection in Sweden. The data used in this survey is taken from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s database on protected nature. The survey is conducted every year.
Protected nature 2011
At year-end 2011, the total area of protected areas in Sweden totalled about 5.3 million hectares. This represents an increase of 152 700 hectares from the previous year, most of which is ocean surface area. Slightly more than one-half of the population has less than 2.5 kilometres to protected areas.
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