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All Drone Laws in Sweden in 2023 (Ultimate Guide)

Updated in 2023 by Paul Posea
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120m max height

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Safe distance

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No night flying

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Only line of sight

Drone laws in Sweden are governed by the Transport Agency of Sweden which clearly states that drones are legal in the country. 

In 2018, there was a modification in the laws in regard to the use of cameras. In addition, the law has undergone significant simplification removing most of the bureaucratic registration hurdles that mired past laws.

Can I fly a drone in Sweden?

Absolutely. But if you want to have smooth operations, you have to familiarize yourself with the guidelines from the officials and the rules I'm going to underline below.

Contact information:

Phone contact used for text message communication only:+46 010-495 64 91

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What are the Drone Laws in Sweeden?

Besides the fact that there are a few classes of classification by weight alone, you should not worry most of the time, as DJI drones fall under most of these categories.

1. Height limit of 120m

According to the new European regulation you are not allowed to fly higher than this preset limit.

2. No night flying

Do not fly at night unless your drone has lighting.

3. Don't fly over crowds

Choose a safe distance where no animals or persons involved

4. Flying FPV

Seek authorization from conservation authorities when flying over conserved areas

5. Insurance required for over 20kg

In case you're flying a very heavy lifting drone, octocopter, or the sorts that might weigh a large amount, keep the entire weight under 20kg.

6. Take off weight approval over 7kg required

In case your drone weighs over 7kg, you need to have phone approval from the local authorities.

7. Flying permit for special areas

Seek authorization from conservation authorities when flying over conserved areas

8. Commercial pilots license

Commercial pilots do not need to seek a license when flying, however, they must before having any material captured published.

So, how are drones classified in Sweden?

At the moment, there isn’t much of a distinction between commercial and recreational drone use. However, the law creates 5 unique classes that require a special permit for either:

Class 1 - Drones weighing less than 7 Kg, and fly within the pilot’s direct line of sight

Class 2 - Drones weighing between 7-25 Kg and fly within the pilot's line of sigh

Class 3 - Drones within the 25-150 Kg weight bracket flying within visual sight

Class 4 - Drones flying past the visual line of sight

  • A Flying 120 meters above the surface in close proximity to obstacles and buildings
  • B Flying beyond visual line of sight but close to the observer
  • C Operations that do not belong to this category.
  • Changes in the law exempt all category 1 drones from undergoing mandatory registration

What drone to fly without a permit in Sweden?

It's understandable if you don't want to go through all the trouble and get a permit or register your drone, so is there a drone that you can fly without having a permit in Sweden?

If you want to fly a drone without having a permit in Sweden, the best choice would be the DJI Mavic 2, as it weighs under 250 grams as well as packs a 4k camera, 10km range, and 3-axis image stabilization.

I have covered it much more in-depth in my article review and you can check its best price over here.

Frequently asked questions

This section will be filled more when I see what people are interested in and what difficulties they face when flying any drone in Sweden.

Can I fly in FPV mode?

Yes, the new laws allow FPV flights. The drone should not exceed 2Kg.

Can I be penalized for flying a drone in Sweden?

There are cases reported where people are fined for failing to label their drones. The same applies to the use of cameras for surveillance purposes which requires prior approval. 

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Sweden?

My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.

1. DJI Mini 2- The best international travel drone (under 250g)

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4k

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31 min

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10 km

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No follow-me

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DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is legal to fly in most countries without registration.

It comes at a very cheap price for its incredible specs.I have covered it much more in-depth in my article review and even compared it with the Mavic Air 2.

2. DJI Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

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4k 60p

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34 min

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10 km

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Follow me

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If you want more control over things like shutter speed, iso, and such, the best professional drone that still falls under the 500g category is the DJI Mavic Air.

It's made mostly for people who want to play around with settings and enter into the pro category.

DJI lowered its price since it was first released.

Restricted Areas and Geofencing (Drone Flying map)

The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're here is by consulting DJI's official map.

They do a great job mapping the places that one should avoid while flying in every country:

  • airports
  • military bases
  • prisons
  • power plants
  • any high-risk areas

These would be the current updated drone laws for Sweden. I suggest checking my full map with all the countries' drone laws to see where it's best to travel.

Conclusion 

If you are going to visit Sweden, make sure you’ve learned all the dos and don’ts of flying drones in this region. This will help you have a safe journey and enjoy flying your drone without getting yourself into trouble.

Also, keep in mind that, commercial and recreational drones are treated differently in most countries therefore you will need to prepare yourself accordingly. Last but not least, always follow rules and regulations and make sure to respect the laws of every country.

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Hi, I'm Paul.
A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.
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Paul Posea
Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.

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