Reindeer herding affected by increased tourism in Swedish mountains

A file photo of a reindeer in northern Sweden. August 26, 2021. (Jonathan Nackstrand /AFP via Getty Images)
  • Tourism in Jämtland and Härjedalen has increased hugely in recent years, affecting other activities in the region, including reindeer herding.
  • “Of course, many people see the positive sides of tourism … but in the areas where there are a lot of tourists in a small place, I think the negative sides also become clear” says Göran Gabling, Deputy Head of the Nature Conservation Section at Jämtland Administrative Board.
  • The Swedish Tourist Association’s contract for hiking lodges in Jämtland and Härjedalen expires at the end of 2023, and may have to close if no new agreement is in place, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
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  • Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 19:51

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