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In Sweden, nature is managed to benefit economic ends and support biodiversity even as evidence suggests that wild areas retain a higher variety of wildlife than managed areas. Increasing the number of wild corridors could help stimulate higher numbers of lifeforms across Sweden.

Skuleskogen National Park, Sweden. Photo by Oscar Nilsson.

Sweden's Ecology

Sweden has gone a long way toward restoring nature. Otters, once on the brink of extinction in Sweden (the result of polluted rivers) have since recovered. Wolves returned to Swedish forests in recent years. And the reintroduction of beavers, starting in the 1920s, have restored important natural functionality to Sweden’s ecology. Nevertheless, strict human management of forests can force direct competition with natural processes and their wild engineers, resulting in high risk for Sweden’s wilderness and the life that dwells therein.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


Rewilding Europe

Making Europe a wilder place, with more space for wild nature, wildlife and natural processes, and exploring new ways for people to enjoy and earn a fair living from the wild.

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Sweden Farnebofjarden National Park
Färnebofjärden National Park

The forests in Färnebofjärden are so remote and inaccessible, they were spared by the logging industry, and now shelter abundant biodiversity. 

Woman in the forest, Sweden. Photo by Geran DeKlerk.
Laponian Area

The largest unmodified protected nature area to be inhabited by native cultures, Laponian demonstrates how humans and wilderness can coexist.

Sweden Bjornlandet National Park
Björnlandet National Park

Steep ravines blanketed in primeval forests distinguish Björnlandet (meaning “country of the bears”) from the managed forests throughout the rest of Sweden.  

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