shooting club for at least six months or have
passed a hunting examination (jägarexamen).
Being a member of a shooting club is the
most popular route to legally acquire pistols
for sport shooting, while passing a hunting
exam is for hunting rifl es. It is important to
note that a gun registered for sport shooting
may not be used in hunting. However,
a licensed gun user is allowed to hunt
without passing a hunting exam, if you are
chaperoned (accompanied and guided) by
someone that has passed that exam.
You can take the hunting exam from
the age of 15. It is also lawful for a person
with a gun licence to lend his or her gun to
a person at least 15 years and older, under
supervision. A Swede may be given a licence
to own up to six hunting rifl es, ten pistols
or a combination of eight rifl es and pistols.
Th ere would need to be a valid reason for
ownership of more fi rearms. It is stipulated
that all fi rearms are to be stored/kept in an
approved gun safe.
Moose are a popular
quarry as they are good to
eat and the numbers need
to be kept in check.
It is illegal for a civilian in Sweden to carry
a fi rearm, unless for a specifi c, legal purpose;
such as hunting or attending shooting
ranges. To transport fi rearms, there are rules
to adhere to: the general regulations are
that the gun must be unloaded, hidden and
transported in a safe and secure way under
Besides hunting, another common reason
for gun ownership in Sweden is collecting.
Th e gun collector must have a clearly stated
interest and may begin another collection if
he or she has collected for several years and
has shown a great interest in gun history. A
collection of guns that can be of criminal
interest, such as pistols or submachine guns,
will lead the police to insist on a very high
safety level on the storing of such guns
(including security windows and vault doors).
Gun ownership may also be granted for
reasons of sentimental value or as decoration.
It is considered a privilege, rather than a
right, to own a fi rearm in Sweden.
Climate: Most of Sweden has
a temperate climate, despite
its northern latitude, with
largely four distinct seasons
and mild temperatures
throughout the year. The
winter in the far south is
usually weak and is only
manifested through some
shorter periods with snow
and sub-zero temperatures,
autumn may well turn
into spring there, without a
distinct period of winter. The
country can be divided into
three types of climate: the
southernmost part has an
oceanic climate; the central
part has a humid continental
climate and the northernmost
part has a sub-Arctic climate.
However, Sweden is much
warmer and drier than other
places at a similar latitude,
and even somewhat farther
south, mainly because of
the combination of the Gulf
Stream and the general
west wind drift , caused by
the direction of the Earth’s
“It is considered a privilege, rather than a
right, to own a fi rearm in Sweden.”
DOING BUSINESS WITH... SWEDEN
Image: Sara Ingman/imagebank.sweden.se