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A Ticket to National Parks? Tourism, Railways, and the Establishment of National Parks in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2009 (English)In: Tourism and National Parks: International perspectives on development, histories and change, London: Routledge , 2009, 1, 184-196 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Actual use and management of landscapes are shaped by history and this chapter describes the parallel processes of the development of national parks, railways and tourism in northern Sweden in the early 20th century. This literature study examines whether there was a connection between the development of the railways and the establishment of protected areas in the Swedish north - a connection found in other Western countries. In Sweden, and elsewhere, tourism provided the national parks with an economic justification, and the railways played an essential role for the continuing tourism development. However, the railways were not the driving force for the national park establishments as they were in for example North America. Tourism and nature protection are also to be understood from a centre-periphery relationship, where decisions about establishments of protected areas (including tourists interests) were initiated in the centre controlling the periphery from the outside.

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London: Routledge , 2009, 1. 184-196 p.
Keyword [en]
tourism; infrastructure; nature conservation; Sweden
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Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28950ISBN: 0-415-47156-7ISBN: 0-203-88420-5OAI: diva2:228138
Available from: 2010-01-21 Created: 2009-07-24 Last updated: 2010-01-21Bibliographically approved

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