Kosterhavet National Marine Park

Sweden Dedicates First Marine Park

Two national parks in one day. That’s the plan for Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon anyway, who will dedicate a marine park together on each side of their countries’ waters on Wednesday.

The Kosterhavet park—Sweden’s first national marine park ever—will grace the west cost of Sweden near the border of Norway, where that country’s Ytre Hvaler marine park will begin. The area is home to over 6,000 marine species, 200 of which cannot be found anywhere else in Sweden.

Although the park will be open to the public, a high-resolution map detailing the Kosterhavet’s seafloor will not be made available. The map has been stamped as classified under a Swedish law that protects certain information about the physical landscape. Only researchers approved by the Swedish Security Service will be able to review the detailed map of the marine region.

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