Minerals have been mined in Sweden for over 1000 years. They are important for the society and are used in our daily life. Geological information and knowledge about the assets are vital in order to use the mineral resources in a sustainable way.
Geological information for mineral exploration
A very important part of SGU’s work is to survey and document the geology of Sweden – not least with a view to facilitating mineral exploration. Our information on bedrock geology, bedrock quality, Quaternary (superficial) deposits, geochemistry and geophysics provides a basis for exploration for metal ores, industrial minerals and dimension stone.
Minerals of Sweden
Sweden has a history of mining and metal refining stretching back more than a thousand years. Its metal ore and other mineral resources, and knowledge about how to use them, have been major factors in building the prosperity the country enjoys today.
Mineral deposits of national interest
Areas of national interest for mineral extraction can be deemed to be areas referred to in chapter 3, section 7, second paragraph, of the Environmental Code
What does the law say?
Unless the landowner has given his consent, an exploration permit must be obtained from the Mining Inspector for any exploration for ore minerals, energy minerals (other than peat) and certain industrial minerals. For the extraction of ore minerals, energy minerals (other than peat) and certain industrial minerals, a licence known as an exploitation concession has to be obtained from the Mining Inspector under the provisions of the Minerals Act.