Nordkalk, the company that will run the quarry, says they will be able to extract 2.5 million tonnes of limestone over the next 25-40 years.
But the decision is in stark contrast with Sweden’s environmental policy according to many environmentalists.
The Environmental Protection Agency have say they would rather turn the area into a natural reserve and say they are worried that the quarry could also affect the groundwater.
“This is an amazing area with Golden Eagles, whippoorwills and unique hawkbit flowers. Our children and our grand children will have a hole instead,” Mikael Karlson, at the agency said.