Sweden: National Rivers

Date: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sweden: National Rivers

According to the Swedish Ecologist Christer Nilsson, one of the pioneering champions of free-flowing rivers, a movement to protect the country’s last four major rivers from dams began in the late 1960s, following the damming of the majority of Sweden’s rivers. This was the first major environmental battle in Sweden.

The Swedish Government was pressured by this movement to protect these four rivers as National Rivers. Today, the rivers Kalix, Torne and two others are national rivers, protected from any development.