20714 Total Protected Areas
12 With management effectiveness evaluations
Terrestrial Protected Areas
Marine Protected Areas
Other effective area-based conservation measures
0 Total Other effective area-based conservation measures
Polygons/Points ratio
Polygons 94%
Points 6%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

14.46% Coverage

64,987km2 Land Area Protected

449,390km2 Total Land Area

15% 6th National Report Coverage


2.35% With management effectiveness evaluations

10,548km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

15.38% Coverage

23,830km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

154,980km2 Marine Area Protected

10% 6th National Report Coverage


0.7% With management effectiveness evaluations

1,080km2 Areas Assessed

Disclaimer: These statistics might differ from those reported officially by countries due to difference in methodologies and datasets used to assess protected area coverage and differences in the base maps used to measure terrestrial and marine area of a country or territory.

IUCN Management Categories

Governance types

Sources (9)

  1. Common Database on Designated Areas as provided by the European Environment Agency (EEA) Updated: 2020 European Environment Agency (EEA)
  2. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  3. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserves Updated: 2012 UNESCO-MAB and UNEP-WCMC
  4. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve Updated: 2005 Bureau of the International Co-ordinating Council of the MAB Programme (MAB-ICC) (19th Sesssion), UNESCO HQ Paris
  5. Natura 2000 Updated: 2020 Directorate-General for Environment (EU) via EEA
  6. Skyddade områden, RAMSAR Updated: 2017 Naturvårdsverket
  7. OSPAR Marine Protected Areas Network Updated: 2020 OSPAR Commission, Victoria House, 37-63 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4DA, UK
  8. HELCOM Baltic Sea Protected Areas (BSPA) Updated: 2020 Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission), Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, FI-00160, Helsinki, Finland
  9. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme


National designations

  • Nature Reserve 5122
  • National Park 30
  • Natural Monument 1360
  • Nature Conservation Area 131
  • Wildlife And Plant Sanctuary 969
  • Others 118
  • Habitat Protection Area 8333

Regional designations

  • Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3991
  • Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 10
  • Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 548
  • Baltic Sea Protected Area (HELCOM) 28

International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 4
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 2
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 68

Growth in protected area coverage

The graph excludes status years with no information reported (STAT_YR = 0).

Sweden Protected Areas

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UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected Area Profile for Sweden from the World Database of Protected Areas, December 2020. Available at: www.protectedplanet.net