MAP: Barbecue bans across most of Sweden as temperatures soar

Bans on lighting fires, including for barbecues, are in place across most of Sweden at the moment as the heatwave reaches its peak -- and many areas experience record warmth.

MAP: Barbecue bans across most of Sweden as temperatures soar
Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT and graph: KrisInformation

With temperatures topping 30C in several locations and dry weather over the past few days, bans on lighting fires in public areas are in place up and down the country due to the risk of wildfires.

Exactly what is covered by a fire ban depends on the local area. It usually refers only to outdoors and public places, meaning you can often light fires and barbecue on private land if there is no risk of the fire spreading.

Fixed grilling spots are a common exception, but you should always check what the rules and possible exceptions are in your local area first, and the situation can change fast depending on the weather conditions.

The information in the map below was correct as of June 25th, and shows which regions have imposed a region-wide fire ban as well as those where there are local bans at the municipal level.

One important example is Skellefteå in northern Sweden; while the region of Västerbotten has not put in place a regional ban, Skellefteå has a so-called “strengthened fire ban” in place as of June 25th.

Get an overview in our map below, and for a full breakdown and the most up to date information, check Swedish emergency services website KrisInformation which has an interactive map, or look on the website of your municipality and county.

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municipality — (en) kommun

county — (ett) län

to barbecue — att grilla

exception — (ett) undantag


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