Currently the legal situation for drone pilots is very confusing in Sweden. In this review, we try to shed some light on the darkness.
Since 21.10.2016 the operation of drones with cameras is prohibited in areas which are accessible to the public. A court has decided that an permit is necessary for such plans but these permits are issued only in rare exceptional cases. Photo and video flights are therefore only possible on closed private grounds. Furthermore, flights are allowed with a copter on which no camera is mounted.
Now comes the really crazy: the law to which the court refers applies only to persons resident in Sweden or resident outside the EU. This means that the ban does not apply to EU citizens.
Other EU nationals are not affected by the drone ban and are still allowed to fly with their camera copters. So if you are flying with your drone several times during your vacation, it should not be a problem.
Maximum flight altitude: In Sweden, multicopters are allowed to fly 120 meters high.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Your drone is allowed to fly a maximum of 500 meters away from you during flight.
Compulsory insurance: Currently, I do not know whether an aviation liability insurance is mandatory in Sweden. However, I recommend that you take out an appropriate policy. In our blog, we have compiled an extensive comparison of drones insurance.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): No further details known.
Distance to airports: No further details known.
Other safe distances: No further details known.
Flight bans: No Fly Zones can be viewed on this map.
Flight approval: No further details known.
Time of operations: No further details known.
Specific regulations: In Sweden you have to take a flight logbook as a drone user.
Regulations for commercial pilots: Authorization required by several authorities.
Helpful links: Transport Styrelsen, Svergie Radio, YouTube: Why Sweden banned all camera drones
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Sweden to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Sweden!