National parks and nature reserves
To protect our land, the most common way in Sweden is to create a nature reserve. The strongest protection for an area is to make the land a national park.
Four of Sweden’s 29 national parks lie in Laponia. They are Sarek, Padjelanda/Badjelánnda, Muddus/Muttos and Stora Sjöfallet/Stuor Muorkke national parks.
In addition, the World Heritage Site includes the nature reserves Sjávnja and Stubbá, and the areas Tjuoldavuobme (Tjuolta Valley), Ráhpaäno suorgudahka (Látjávrre delta) and Sulidälbmá. Together they comprise large forests, mountains, and the vast wetlands covering 9,400 square kilometres in the municipalities of Jokkmokk and Gällivare.