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Drone Laws in Sweden (updated for 2022)

Updated in 2022 by Paul Posea
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120m max height

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Safe distance

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Safe distance

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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?

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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:
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What are the Drone Laws in Sweeden?

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.

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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

  • 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 it's best price over here.

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. 

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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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