Landscapes for living!

1- Laponia

The Laponian area comprises 9.400 square kilometres of wilderness. The large national parks display a great variation of nature - steep mountain massifs, open panoramas with undulating plains, waterfalls, glaciers and large mountain lakes. In 1966 Laponia was inscribed on the World Heritage List as a Cultural and Natural World Heritage.

Photo: Robert Lagerbäck, SGU.

3- Öland

Öland is Sweden's second largest island, 140 kilometres long and between 4 and 16 kilometres wide. In the southern part the Ordovician limestone forms the Great Alvar plain which is a unique type of landscape in Europe. The limestone is covered by a thin earth layer. There is a rich fauna and flora on the Great Alvar. It is a part of the Cultural World Heritage Agricultural landscape of southern Öland, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.

Photo: Anders Damberg, Geobild.


Hedesunda esker is one of the many eskers in the province of Gästrikland. The eskers were formed during the latest glaciation.
In the old days the eskers with their sandy and gravelly
sediments were used for settlements and roads.

Photo: Anders Damberg, Geobild.


Ammarnäs is a village in the sparsely populated area of the mountain region. The settlement is concentrated around the recent delta deposits, used as hay fields, in the valley of river Vindelälven. The area is part of a large nature reserve, Vindelälven.

Photo Robert Lagerbäck.

2- High Coast

The High Coast of Sweden is a hilly coastal region along the Bothnian Sea. The magnificent landscape is a key area for the understanding of glacio-isostatic isostasy. Skuleberget hill in the centre of the picture is a till-capped hill with a forested top above the wave-washed zone marking the highest shoreline at 286 m above sea level which is the highest relative land uplift in the world. The High Coast was inscribed in 2000 as a Natural World Heritage on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Photo: Jan Olov Svedlund, SGU.

4- Bohuslän

The glacially polished pink Bohus granite is characteristic
for the northernmost part of the Swedish west coast.
The 920 million year old massif of Bohus granite is
the youngest granite of the Swedish Precambrian.

Photo: Anders Damberg, Geobild.


Typical till landscape in the forested inland of
the province of Småland, southern Sweden.

Photo: Anders Damberg, Geobild.


The Valle parish, to the west of Billingen in Västergötland, is a typical kame area with hills, ridges and depressions. The beautiful area is considered to be of national geological and biological interest.

Photo Karin Grånäs.

Link to the Geological Survey of Sweden
Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning

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