The continuous environmental monitoring of Lake Vänern began in 1973. Today, the society for water conservation is responsible for environmental monitoring of the lake. The investigations are financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Swedish National Board of Fisheries and members of the societies for water conservation. The Swedish environmental protection agency (EPA), as the funding body of the Swedish national environmental monitoring program, owns the copyright of the data collected. This data may be used freely provided that the source is referenced. Copyright of data funded by other bodies, such as county administrative boards or water associations, is retained by the respective owner. Data funded by the Swedish EPA may generally be downloaded or requested free of charge over the Internet. Special orders, however, may incur a cost depending on the amount of data requested and the form in which it is to be delivered.

Sources of data downloads Data from environmental monitoring and cultural heritage is available through the links below, where they are grouped by topic and contains links to pages where you can find data, maps, and in some cases mapping services. You will also find descriptions of data formats, quality assurance systems and study methods. Data is available from on-going and past studies.

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).
SMHI make measurements and observations in the air, lakes, rivers and the sea. It provides large amounts of data on Sweden’s climate and environment quality controlled and stored and then provide the basis for compilations, analyzes and various services.

Water Web makes available information on freshwater and coastal waters in Sweden. Everything is free to use and download.

Swedish water archive – Svenskt Vattenarkiv

Data portal for open data Here you can find data and services that SMHI delivers as open data for downloading including data products from SMHI geodata (see also The data portal was deployed 2013-06-03 and hence during its first years of operation data sets will be filled gradually.

Seas and coastal areas

Hydrographic, marine biological, and chemical data from the Baltic and the Skagerrak—Kattegat

Water Information System Sweden

WISS (Water Information System Sweden) is a database that has been developed by the Competent Authorities of the Swedish Water Districts, the County Administrative Boards and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. WISS is managed today by the County Administrative Board of Kalmar.

Fisheries data from Sweden’s lakes, rivers and coasts Swedish Board of Fisheries, Freshwater laboratory


Species data Species data from different habitats (except the marine and freshwater species)

Fisheries data from Sweden’s lakes, rivers and coasts Swedish Board of Fisheries, Freshwater laboratory

The Swedish Species Information Centre works with biodiversity

The Species Gateway is the principle reporting system used to find information about where and when sightings of specific species were made and is by far the largest system in Sweden.

For environmental monitoring of protected trees the Tree Gateway

For environmental monitoring of protected molluscs the Clam Gateway

Toxic pollutants

Toxic pollutants and heavy metals in sediment SGU, Geological Survey of Sweden

Toxic pollutants and heavy metals in biological material IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Toxic pollutants and heavy metals — screening database IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Health-related environmental monitoring Impacts of the external environment on human health IMM, Institute of Environmental Medicine

Bathing water Bathing water quality SMI, Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control

Geological Survey of Sweden, SGU Groundwater chemistry

The Municipal and County database

The Municipal and county database (Kolada). Here you can follow local government activities from year to year. With over 3000 key variables it gives you a basis for analysis and comparison. Kolada provide a single entry point to key resources, volumes and quality in municipalities and county councils across activities. The key figures are often based on national statistics from the statistical authorities, but also on data from other sources. RKA – Rådet för främjande av kommunala analyser

Swedish National Heritage Board

The Swedish National Heritage Board is the agency of the Swedish government that is responsible for heritage and historic environment issues. Our mission is to play a proactive, coordinating role in heritage promotion efforts and to ensure that the historic environment is preserved in the most effective possible manner.

Here you can search in several of Sweden’s museums and archives’ collections. Here you will find information about ancient monuments, listed buildings, churches, artifacts and photographs. uses information obtained from K-samsök and Europeana.

You can also search in several of the Swedish National Heritage Board digitized collections. Here you will find information about Churches, Court archives, historical land certificates and property records, population developments and births data.

Church archives
Court archives
Land certificates 1875–1933
Property records 1933–1980’s
Register of population 1642–1820
SCB births, marriages and deaths 1860–1943