World Heritage sites in Sweden

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Currently Sweden has 15 World Heritage sites. In relation to the population, Sweden has the most World Heritage sites of all states that signed the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in 1972. The World Heritage Convention is basically a big peace project, which is a consequence of the Second World War.

A World Heritage site is a site of special cultural or natural value that tells the story of the Earth and its people. It is so valuable that its preservation lies in the interest of mankind. There are about 1,000 such World Heritage sites worldwide.

The Royal Domain of Drottningholm by Lake Mälaren became the first Swedish World Heritage site in 1991. Today, there are both cultural and natural heritage sites in Sweden.

Cultural heritage

The Swedish National Heritage Board advises and supports all cultural heritage sites. In Swedish it is named Riksantikvarieämbetet (www.raa.se). It is an agency of the Swedish government and bears the main responsibility for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Sweden.

There is also an association World Heritage Sites in Sweden (“Världsarv i Sverige”, ViS) that runs the Swedish World Heritage-portal Worldheritagesweden.se among other things, see link below.

Natural heritage

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket, www.naturvardsverket.se) is responsible for the three Swedish natural heritage sites Laponia, High Coast, and Southern Öland.

Sweden’s 15 World Heritage sites

Here are all fifteen sites, from the south to the north:

  • Naval Port of Karlskrona, Blekinge
  • Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland
  • Grimeton Radio Station, Halland
  • Hanseatic Town of Visby, Gotland
  • Rock Carvings in Tanum, Bohuslän
  • Skogskyrkogården, The Woodland Cemetery, Stockholm/Södermanland
  • Royal Domain of Drottningholm, Uppland
  • Birka and Hovgården, Uppland
  • Engelsberg Ironworks, Västmanland
  • Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun, Dalarna
  • Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  • High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago, Ångermanland
  • Church Town of Gammelstad, Norrbotten
  • Struve Geodetic Arc, Norrbotten
  • The Laponian Area – Lapland’s World Heritage Site

More info

The island of Öland

Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland

Grimeton Radio Station in Halland

The masts of Grimeton Radio Station in Halland

Falun in Dalarna

Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun, Dalarna

Laponia midnight sun (photo: Peter Rosen)

Laponia midnight sun

Photo Decorated Farmhouse of Hälsingland (on the top of this page): Fjällvägen project, Jocke Lagercrantz; photo Laponia midnight sun: Peter Rosen