Firing ranges and sealed-off areas

Most military units have firing ranges where live-firing exercises are conducted. It is therefore important that the public takes the Swedish Armed Forces’ signposts, sealed-off areas and notices very seriously.

It is important that the public takes the Swedish Armed Forces’ signposts, sealed-off areas and notices very seriously. Photo: Rickard Törnhjelm/Swedish Armed Forces

When exercises are not being held, the Armed Forces’ firing ranges are usually open to the public. They are often popular outdoor recreation areas. In most firing ranges there is undetonated ammunition on the ground and there may be certain restrictions such as a permanent fire ban. It is the responsibility of the visitor to keep informed of these risks and guidelines posted on the signposts. When the areas are sealed-off, entering is always prohibited, according to the Installations Protection Act (2010:305).

Violating a refusal of access order may result in detention of the individual and a police report being filed. It may also pose a serious threat to individual’s life.

The Swedish Armed Forces regularly posts information (in Swedish only) on the website regarding currently sealed-off areas and livefiring exercises to be held. There are always signposts as well, indicating that an area will be sealed-off.

Please observe that the activities may be subject to change, on short notice. Primary attention should always be paid to the information on the signposts.