sweden-drone-laws
height flight limit

120m max height

can't fly over crowds of people

Safe distance

night flight law

No night flying

Only line of sight

All Drone Laws in Sweden for 2020 (Complete Guide)

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.

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Can I fly a drone in Sweden?

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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 bellow.

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

What are the Drone Laws in US?

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Besides the fact that there's 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.

  • height icon
    Height limit of 120m
  • line of sight icon
    Flying FPV
    Fly only within line of sight (doesn't say anything about FPV though)
  • moon day icon night flying
    No night flying
    Do not fly at night unless your drone has lighting
  • crowd icon
    Don't fly over crowds
    Choose a safe distance where no animals or persons involved
  • ambulance icon
    Insurance required for over 20kg
  • weight icon 500g
    Take off weight approval over 7kg required
  • city icon
    Flying permit for special areas
    Seek authorization from conservation authorities when flying over conserved areas
  • camera icon
    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 pilots 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

Class 5 

  • 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 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 Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)

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2.7k

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30min

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4km

No follow me

DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is half of the weight required for registering in Austria in the first place.

 

I have covered it much more in depth in my article review and even compared it with the DJI Spark and Mavic Air.

2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

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4k 60fps

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34min battery

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9km

Follow + obstacle avoidance

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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 it's price since it was first released.

Frequently asked questions

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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 flight. 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.