January 31st, 2023
Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union, yet it has the second lowest population density.
This is indicative of how the large amount of land reserved for wildlife.
The Northern Lights dance across the skies in Arctic winter and the Midnight Sun illuminates the nights in the summer months.
There is huge contrasts between the seasons, and season also varies greatly between the north and south.
Wolves have returned to Scandinavia since they were claimed extinct in the 1960’s.
Sweden shares a wolf population with Norway, which causes occasional fluctuations in both country’s wolf numbers.
Currently, 90% of this trans-border population lives in Sweden.
In the north, these felines mainly hunt reindeer, and in the south roe deer is their typical prey.
Since 1991, this feline creature has been protected, hunting of them is regulated by government agencies.
There are approximately 350,000 moose in Sweden.
It is the largest and heaviest extant species in the deer family.
You have a greater chance of spotting a moose the further up North you are, where they inhabit shrubbery forests and marshlands.
Also known as the polar fox, is one of Sweden’s most threatened mammals.
They can survive frigid Arctic temperatures as low as –58°F in the treeless lands where it makes its home.
These hardy animals live in burrows, and in a blizzard they may tunnel into the snow to create shelter.
They migrate in numbers of up to hundreds of thousands, covering as much as 3000 miles in one seasonal migration.
The reindeer is the most important symbol of the indigenous Sami community and it is also their most important resource.
Too see bears you head north to the provinces of Dalarna and Jämtland, which have the highest bear population density in the country.
The Brown Bear is the most widely distributed bear in the world.
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