Press release from Ministry of the Environment

Improved and safer hiking trails to make the natural environment accessible to more people

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Sweden’s fantastic natural environment is to be made accessible to more people. The Government is now proposing to enhance the work on hiking trails as well as a special investment in preparations for the Outdoor Activities Year 2021. The Budget Bill builds on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.

“Sweden has a fantastic natural environment that everyone should have access to. It is therefore important to invest in making it more accessible. The Government is now proposing investments in improving hiking trails in the mountains,” says Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin.

Through previous Government investments, improvement of the state hiking trail system in the mountains has begun. In recent years, for example, 257 bridges have been replaced or repaired, 90 shelters taken care of and markings on 2 000 kilometres of trails improved. The state hiking trail system in the mountains will continue to be improved and added to. The Government is proposing an investment of SEK 20 million per year in 2020–2022. State trails in the mountains increase accessibility and provide better conditions, security and safety for outdoor activities and nature tourism.

The Government considers that a special investment in outdoor recreation organisations is needed ahead of the implementation of the Outdoor Activities Year 2021 – a year when there will be a special focus on various types of outdoor activities. The Government is therefore proposing an investment of SEK 3 million for 2020.

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Jakob Lundgren
Press Secretary to Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin
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