Everyman's right to roam and pick

Allemansrätt


Allemansrätt
is a cherished right in Sweden. Literally it means "Everyman's right" and is written into the Swedish Constitution. It gives everyone in Sweden the right to:

•  walk, cycle, ride or ski,

•  camp (for one or two nights),

•  pick wildflowers, mushrooms and berries (unless protected).

on any land with the exception of private gardens, the immediate vicinity of a dwelling house and land under cultivation. Some restrictions also apply to nature reserves.

Hunting and fishing

Hunting and fishing are essentially private, except that anyone can fish on the five biggest lakes and on the Baltic Sea.

Commercial exploitation

Some companies take advantage of allemansrätt and pay people to pick berries and mushrooms in the forests, which is seen by many Swedes as an abuse of this right.

Foraging

Because of allemansrätt, foraging for mushrooms and berries is a very popular weekend activity for many Swedes. More… 

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