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'Limit Sweden's right of public access': minister

TT/Clara Guibourg · 6 Jul 2011, 11:32

Published: 06 Jul 2011 11:32 GMT+02:00

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"Today it's possible for commercial operations to exploit the land of others, and wear down nature, without either paying for it or standing for the consequences," said the minister to national TV network Sveriges Television (SVT).

Referred to by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) as a "national symbol," allemansrätten (literally translated to "everyman's right") is enshrined in the Swedish constitution and has roots in political customs dating back to medieval times.

It is a well-established custom designed to ensure that individuals right to visit the country's vast natural expanses, whether or not the land is privately owned.

But Carlgren wants to make it possible to charge rent from companies, who today exploit the public access right in order to use land for commercial purposes without paying anything at all.

The main offenders, in his view, are berry-picking companies and wilderness tourism.

"I have heard enough reports about this to be worried about it, and I don't think it should be ignored," he said to SVT.

The Environmental Protection Agency is currently investigating the right of public access, and the environment minister claims to be prepared to make some changes once the investigation is completed, in the autumn of 2011.

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"I want to protect the right of public access for regular people as well as protect personal ownership," said Carlgren.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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13:40 July 6, 2011 by Borilla
And who exactly will control the land other than the very rich and friends of the Moderates? Again, the government is intent on giving away what belongs to the people.
14:49 July 6, 2011 by Nemesis
In plain language, the forestry has lost to many cases against the Sami, so now wants to brings in laws that indirectly help them in removing Sami from there land.

You would think that after sterilising 63000 Sami in the first half of the century that the Swedish government would leave them alone, alas it looks like they have a pathological need to force them of there land.
16:11 July 6, 2011 by teknowaffle
It should be all MANS rätten. Not all Corporation's rätten.
17:06 July 6, 2011 by wotist
"You would think that after sterilising 63000 Sami in the first half of the century that the Swedish government would leave them alone, alas it looks like they have a pathological need to force them of there land."

Nemesis, why do you keep posting these fairy tales? The companies that this debate is about has absolutely nothing to do with the Sami or their traditional use of the land.

To be frank, after having observed this debate that has been ongoing for several years - if any ethnic group is targeted...it's ze Germans.

Also; You keep repeating the claim that 63000 Sami were sterilised in the first half of the century. Repeating a lie doesn't make it truth. And it is a lie. And you've repeated it again and again here on thelocal.

During the 51 years that these laws existed in one form or another (1934-1975), a TOTAL of 63000 people (mostly women) were sterilised. A very very VERY small part of those were Sami. I.e. about the same as there share of the population of Sweden .

Now, I do think that those laws were wrong - especially the reasons for them. But they weren't quite what you make them out to be. The reasons for sterilisation could be anything from mental dissability to being considered promiscious. An estimated 30-50% were done withtout consent. Those that consented might not always have been aware what they had concented to.

This law was also closely linked to the abortion law. If someone wanted to have an abortion, they could also be required to consent to be sterilised in conection to the abortion in order to be allowed to have it done.

Now, I don't expect you to simply take my word for this, Nemesis. But I do expect you to look up the facts yourself before again posting your BS about the number of Sami that was sterilised.
17:20 July 6, 2011 by Rick Methven
@wotist "Nemesis, why do you keep posting these fairy tales? "

Because she lives in her own cloud cuckoo land where she only has to write something for it to become a fact.

Nemesis is never one to do any fact finding when bullshit will do
17:53 July 6, 2011 by Prat
..."never one to do any fact finding when bullshit will do "

That's a good 'ole American trait !

(Don't know background of person under criticism)
17:55 July 6, 2011 by here for the summer
It seems that this "Mans" right shouldn't extend to a companies that truck in migrant workers to pick all the berries in a forest .
08:01 July 7, 2011 by karex
@here for the summer

I totally agree with you. Business should be kept from exploting and depleting what is meant for enjoyment of the masses.
10:05 July 9, 2011 by Borilla
@wotist and methven

Arguing about numbers and reasons for sterilization sounds very (a) Nazi (b) 1930s Oklahoma (c) Sweden into the 50's (d) all of the above. I'll take d.

Attacking other people instead of the issue is not very productive.

How do we know all these "Thai" berry pickers are out there in the forest? Because we see a bunch of Thais in the forest. Why don't we do something about that? How did they get there in the first place?

If the berries are NOT being picked, what difference does it make who picks them?

And, finally, how many of those Thais are there at the landowners' request?

Still sounds more like another attempt to take the peoples' right for the benefit of a few rich landowners.
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