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We have one of the world’s largest map treasures and we would love to share it with you.
We have more than a million historical maps and documents extending as far back as 17th century. These maps cover large parts of Sweden and in many cases are so well made and richly decorated that it's tempting to call them works of art. Not surprisingly, our historical maps are popular to give away as gifts.There is no charge to view our map treasury and we promise that you will find something interesting to look at.
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Any change in a real property must be managed through a cadastral procedure. Standard cadastral procedures include subdivision, reallotment, amalgamation and partitioning. Results of all cadastral procedures in Sweden are documented and archived in a cadastral dossier. Lantmäteriet has meticulously archived the cadastral dossiers which have been produced since 1628.
Both historical and current informationThe cadastral dossier includes all historical and current information describing a property’s characteristics and corresponding cadastral procedures. All rights which have been granted and decisions which have been taken place regarding new plans and alterations can be found in this dossier. Dossiers may include maps and their corresponding descriptions together with protocol describing how the cadastral process was completed. Comprehensive information can be found corresponding to functions in the property register - for example easements and boundaries.
Three million dossiersLantmäteriet’s digital archive currently stores approximately three million dossiers and these are legally valid documents regarding property division in the country. Lantmäteriet has a responsibility to ensure the maps and cadastral documents are preserved.
All the maps and corresponding cadastral documentation which have been created since the inception of the National Land Survey have been meticulously archived.
Swedish law controls how data which includes personal information may be used. Public access is therefore restricted for any database archive which may include personal information on people living today. Accordingly, only information created before the year 1928 is accessible.
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The National Land Survey of Sweden was established in the year 1628 by King Gustav II Adolf. He instructed
mathematician and cartographer Anders Bure to educate a team of land surveyors and carry out a systematic
mapping of Sweden in its entirety.
Initially cadastral mapping began with geometrical (large scale) mapping of rural properties, villages, and towns etc.
These earlier maps were drawn to a scale of 1:4 000. Cadastral mapping developed from the middle of the 1600’s
with extensive geographical mapping. Mapping included parishes, hundreds, provinces, coasts, islands, archipelagos,
waterways and roads. These maps which were drawn in scales between 1:10 000 and 1:150 000 often show a
large geographical district and are included in the Land Survey Board archive.
The addition of an Inspector meant that the National Land Survey became more independent towards the end of
the 1600’s and offices were established in Sweden’s residential cities. It was also at this time that geometrical mapping
become a prominent part of the land surveyors work again. This was appropriate due to the impact of the three great
land reforms on Sweden’s former main industry, agriculture. In earlier times arable land was fragmented as a
result of centuries of inheritance and marriages. The purpose therefore, was to adjust and amalgamate these
small pieces of land to create as few holdings as possible.
Large scale maps had many purposes throughout time and were used among other reasons for tax settlements,
ownership disputes and distribution.
Because of the great significance of these maps the question of archiving has always been important. Maps and their
corresponding documentation were stored separately from the administrative documentation. The increase in
regional activities during the first half of the 1800’s brought the safe-keeping of the archive into focus.
It was often the reason for the establishment of a more permanent location in conjunction with the other state
administrations in the residential cities.
Economic and topographic mapping became more systematic in the 1800’s and this gave rise to the creation
of the Geographical Survey Archive. This archive contains small scale maps created from the middle of the
1800’s until the end of the 1970’s, and includes economic maps, topographic (ordnance survey) maps and the
hundred map (economic map of a hundred).
All the maps and corresponding cadastral documentation which have been created since the inception
of the National Land Survey have become meticulously archived. This map collection is unique in the world
and includes more than a million historical maps.