Administrative archives

All changes to a property are made through a surveying service. The result of the ceremony is documented on a map and / or in documents and archived for all eternity in an act.

What does a deed contain?

The deed contains information that describes the nature of the property division, both the historical and the current one. Here, all the decisions made about new and remodeling of properties and leases of various rights are presented.

The administrative documents contain both maps and associated descriptions as well as minutes that tell how the procedures were carried out. Here is the complete information that complements the information in the Real Estate Register, for example about easements and boundaries.


Look at maps and files

If you are a private person and want to look at historical maps and files, use Historical Maps service which shows administrative documents between the years 1628-1928.

Via the e-service My property, you as the owner of a property can see the files that are connected to your property and can be found in Lantmäteriet s digital archives.

You can also contact our Customer Center.


Take part in the service archives

The services ArkivSök and Akt Direkt are developed for you who need access to the administrative archives in your work.


Historical about the administrative archives

At the end of the 17th century Due to the great importance of the maps, the question of archiving them became important.

The maps with accompanying documents were kept separate from the administrative documents. during the first half of the 18th century, the archives' storage came to the fore.

The archive was often the reason for the establishment of a more permanent premises, often in connection with the rest of the state administrative organization in the cities of residence.

The oldest hand- Lantmäteriet maps were each produced in one copy only. obliged to make a reindeer drawing or renovation. The reindeer drawing was to be delivered to the central office in Stockholm for review.

Most administrative documents / maps were produced in triplicate. The first copy was kept by the regional authority under the concept of concept. The second copy stayed with the owners / village team and the third copy - the renovation - was sent to the central authority in Stockholm for review.

The renovation obligation was gradually thinned out and disappeared formally a bit into the 20th century. The renovation copies are today stored at the National Archives.

Three million files in digital archive

Lantmäteriet 's archive currently comprises approximately 3 million files and these are legally valid documents on the division of property in the country. Lantmäteriet has a responsibility to preserve the maps and documents.

Lantmäteriet has scanned all files, which were previously stored at the respective county authority, to reduce wear on the files. Digitization is also a step in shortening the processing times at the services. The analogue material has been transferred to the National Archives in Härnösand for storage.

Both the Lantmäteriet and most municipal surveying authorities store their administrative files in the Ark.

Plans and regulations

Municipalities, county administrative boards and others decide on various land regulatory regulations. Lantmäteriet registers this information in the Real Estate Register, FR. As a basis and verification for the information entered in FR, Lantmäteriet retains a copy of the plan or provision in its archive.

At the same time as the administrative documents are scanned, these plans and regulations are scanned, stored and stored in Lantmäteriet 's digital archive and kept available from there.


Historical about mapping

Lantmäteriet was formed in 1628 - the year when the cartographer Anders Bure was commissioned by Gustav II Adolf to make a systematic survey and mapping of the country.

They started with geometric (detailed) mapping of farms, villages and towns with associated land. The maps from this era are generally drawn up in a scale of 1: 4,000. From the middle of the 17th century, surveyors continued with extensive geographical (general) surveys.

Maps were made of parishes, districts, landscapes and parts of the country, of coasts, islands and archipelagos, of watercourses and roads. These maps are included in the National Board of Surveying and Mapping's archive, LMS. They are established in everything between a scale of 1:10 000-1: 150 000 and often report a larger geographical area.

At the end of the 17th century, surveying offices began to be established in Sweden's residential cities and the geometric mapping became again a prominent part of the surveyors' activities. The large-scale mapping has over the years been carried out for various purposes, including taxation, investigation of property disputes and parcels.

Major land reforms

The activities of the surveyors eventually came to be increasingly devoted to our then main industry, agriculture, through the great land reforms of the 18th and 19th centuries; the large shift, the single shift and fix the shift. The big shift and legal shift were implemented almost throughout the country.

The single shift was carried out mainly in the southern and central parts of the country. The purpose of all parcel reforms was to try to gather the then fragmented division of ownership into larger economically viable units.

The maps that were drawn up and the decisions that were made then, are still legally valid with regard to the property division. This applies provided that the area in question has not been affected by subsequent surveying services.

Archiving increasingly important

Due to the great importance of the maps, the question of archiving became important. The maps with accompanying documents were kept separate from the administrative documents. In connection with the regional activity growing during the first half of the 18th century, the archives' storage came to the center.

The archive was often the reason for the establishment of a more permanent premises, often in connection with the rest of the state administrative organization in the cities of residence. It was now Lantmäteriet 's administrative archive began to be built up.

The map archive at the Swedish National Mapping Authority

In the middle of the 19th century, a more systematic economic and topographical mapping of the country. This gave rise to another archive formation, namely the Swedish National Mapping Authority's map archive, RAK.

The RAK archive contains small-scale maps from the middle of the 19th century until the end of the 1970s, including the economic map, the general staff map and the district economic map.

Unique map collection

All the maps with associated written documents, which the surveyors have prepared since Lantmäteriet s formation, have gratifyingly been carefully archived and preserved. The map collection is unique in the world and includes more than one million historical maps.

In order to protect the material against wear and tear and at the same time make it available to more people, Lantmäteriet decided to digitize the archives.

Around the year 2000, work began on scanning the historical maps and storing them in the Ark (Lantmäteriet 's digital archives) and making them available via the Internet. The work was completed in 2009.

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