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All of Sweden Listed on Airbnb

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Under a principle known as 'Allemansrätten,' or the 'freedom to roam,' Swedish law dictates that all people have the right to travel to any part of the country. This guarantees that everyone has access to the Scandinavian state's natural wonders.

In that spirit, Sweden has listed the entire country on Airbnb, the popular vacation home/condo/cottage listing service. The listing, done in cooperation with the tourist group Visit Sweden, includes nine camera-worthy places ranging from a beach with monumental limestone columns to a location with cliffs that have been carved into existence by an ice sheet.

One of the listings sums up the "free for all" approach this way: “Swedish nature isn’t just a piece of land with trees and lakes and cliffs—it’s a home with all the necessities and amenities that any great home should have. It’s a place where you can eat berries from the ground, sleep under the stars, swim in the lakes and roam freely."

Of course, the collection of nature listings doesn't include a condo or a home or a cottage; those amenities, if desired, need to be negotiated separately. But the principle is novel enough in that the country is trying to share its natural wonders with vacationers -- and anyone else -- for free. One might think of it as an informal listing of national park-like locations...without the entrance fees.

Jenny Kaiser, president of Visit Sweden USA, recently told Forbes magazine, "[A]s we Swedes are literally brought up in the Swedish nature, we want to invite Americans and all others to experience what we treasure highly.”

Visit Sweden does request one special, easy form of remuneration -- respect for wildlife and the land.


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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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