With its tens of thousands of islands and skerries, the Archipelago Sea is a unique place on earth. It is a living archipelago, with nearly 100 inhabited islands. The cultural landscapes and many different types of nature, both above and below the water surface, make the Archipelago Sea one of the most species-rich areas in the entire country.

Since 1994, large parts of the archipelago have been part of UNESCO’s global network of biosphere reserves. All biosphere areas strive to improve human interaction with nature. Together with locals, entrepreneurs, researchers, authorities and various organizations, the Archipelago Sea biosphere reserve wants to find sustainable ways of living and working in the archipelago – ways that promote a positive archipelago development and a clean sea.

Here you will find information on what a biosphere reserve is, what we do within the Archipelago Sea biosphere reserve and in what way you can participate yourself. You will also find information about nature and culture in the area, as well as information on how you, as a visitor, can experience the biosphere reserve of the Archipelago Sea.

Welcome to the archipelago! We are all part of the biosphere!


In the Archipelago Sea biosphere reserve, inhabitants live and work in a sustainable archipelago environment with a rich nature, a healthy sea and a viable society. The area actively cooperates with other biosphere reserves both nationally and internationally.


To achieve a sustainable development, we work on behalf of UNESCO to find local solutions for global challenges. In collaboration with the global network of biosphere reserves, the Archipelago Sea biosphere reserve will serve as a model area for sustainable solutions.


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