Meet the neighbours

SWEDEN: Allemansrätten or “everyman’s right” gives Swedes a right to enjoy nature everywhere, except in private gardens, close to people’s homes and on cultivated land. 

FINLAND: Finns have their own “everyman’s right”, although  they call it jokamiehenoikeus. It gives people the right to walk, ski, cycle and camp anywhere in wilderness areas and forests. 

GERMANY: Access rights reflect the Germans’ love of forests. They have a right to roam freely in forested areas, as well as unenclosed land like heats and marshes. 

AUSTRIA: Freedom to walk and run in Austria’s forests is enshrined in federal law. Rules about access above the treeline vary from state to state. 

SWITZERLAND: The Swiss have a right to roam under their Civil Code, which extends to forests and pasture land, whether private or publicly-owned. 

IRELAND: There’s no legal right of access to privately-owned land in the Republic, and that includes uncultivated uplands.

( The above is an extract from a recent issue of Walk Magazine )

Updated : Mar 16th 2015