Blue Flag (or Blå flagg as it’s known in Swedish) is an international award in more than 50 countries, including Sweden. The flags are awarded to beaches and small ports each year for their environmental friendliness, marking them on among other things their water quality and safety of their facilities.
New marinas for this year are Burgsvik harbour at the Baltic Sea island of Gotland and Fyruddens hamn in Valdemarsvik, south-eastern Sweden. Rydebäck in Helsingborg, southern Sweden, is new on the list of beaches.
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The award has been presented to harbours and beaches in Sweden since 1994. The facilities themselves send in an application, and must apply every year. A jury then decides if the place meets the criteria.
These are the sites awarded the Blue Flag this year:
Hälleviks hamn, Sölvesborg
Båtfjordens harbour, Varberg
Getterön Marina, Varberg
Varbergs Inner harbour, Varberg
Gävle Guest Harbour
Slottsholmen Marina, Västervik
Båstad harbour, Båstad
Torekovs harbour, Torekov/Båstad
Falsterbo beach, Vellinge (beach)
Kämpinge beach, Vellinge (beach)
Skanörs havsbad, Vellinge (beach)
Långa Bryggan Bjärred, Lomma (beach)
Rydebäck, Helsingborg (beach)
Heleneborgs Boatclub, Stockholm
Pampas Marina, Solna
Gästhamnen Stavsnäs Vinterhamn, Värmdö
Trosa Gästhamn, Trosa
Lagunen Camping, Strömstad (beach)
Svalnäsbadet, Lidköping (beach)
Villabadet, Lidköping (beach)
Fyruddens harbour, Gryt, Valdemarsvik
Uvmarö harbour, Sankt Anna, Söderköping
You can find a map of the beaches and marinas on Blå flagg’s website.