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What does an “Eldningsförbud” in Sweden mean?

There is a high risk of forest fires during dry summers in Sweden. In recent years it has often happened that large pieces of forest went up in flames, often these forest fires also threatened houses and entire villages. To prevent the risk of forest fires in hot summers, an “Eldningsförbud” is becoming increasingly common. But what does this mean exactly? In this article we will elaborate on the prohibition and tell you where you can find current information about the prohibition.

Eldningsförbud in Sweden

Burning prohibitions mean that it is forbidden to make a fire, grill and burn solid fuels in nature. However, it is still allowed to grill on your own site and on fixed barbecue areas. It is also permissible to use outdoor kitchens powered by gas or liquid.

close-up photo of firewood

In recent years, Sweden has been increasingly affected by drought and the associated forest fires.

When the fire risk is high in forest and land, the County Administrative Board can decide on a fire ban. The decision is made in consultation with the county’s rescue services and on the basis of forecast data from SMHI. The ban may be limited to individual municipalities or counties, so it is important that you find out what applies where you are.

Burning prohibitions in Stockholm County mean that it is forbidden to grill and fire solid fuels (for example firewood, coal, grass, rice and branches) in nature. If the situation worsens, the ban on firing can turn into a sharper firing ban.


In spite of the prohibition on burning, it is permissible to grill on your own site. Keep in mind that the cookware is designed so that there is no risk of fire spread. It is also permissible to grill and cook at fixed barbecue places in public places and to cook with open-air kitchens powered by gas or liquid. Fixed barbecue area means a fire place that is bounded by non-combustible material and with a wide ground surface with gravel or similar around the barbecue area.

Remember, it is always the one who creates the fire who is responsible if something goes wrong, even if current guidelines are followed. Therefore always be careful and make sure extinguishing equipment is close at hand. Anyone who intentionally or through negligence violates the ban on fire can be fined.

More information about the fire ban

To know what applies to the day you are going to cook or grill, you can call our automatic answering machine for information.

Read more about the current fire risk and see fire risk maps at DinSä or at the website of the Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut. You can also download the mobile application “Fire risk out”, to your smart phone. The app is downloaded from the App Store for iOS or from the Play Store for Android.

Last Updated on May 2, 2023

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