Sweden National Parks Celebrate 100 years

Today , Sunday, celebrations are taking place across the country to celebrate 100 years of national parks in Sweden.

A number of activities are taking place to mark the occasion, including hiking in Abisko, searching for spring mushrooms on Kinnekulle Mountain, fishing in the Gavle river and bat- spotting in Söderåsen.

"On this day there is something for everyone to enjoy, whether you want take a boat ride in Färnebofjärden, look at the rock carvings in Tyresta or visit Skansen's new exhibit," said Maria Ågren the Director general of the Swedish Environment Protection Agency.

100 years ago on may 24, Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, established the first nine national parks and adopted legislation to protect the environment. Activities have been taking place throughout the year to celebrate 100 years of nature conservation and national parks.

In Sweden today there are 28 national parks, with another set to be inaugurated in September.

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