We are the government agency responsible for cultural heritage and historic environment issues in Sweden. Our public archives hold about four million photographs – including copy prints, glass plates and other negatives, slides and digital copies. The photographs were taken over a period stretching from the later part of the 19th century until today.
More about our photo collections
Our photo collections include individual collections from various times – such as that of Carl Curman, mainly from the latter part of the 19th century – as well as the Board’s own recent photographic work and photographs taken over more than a century in connection with the activities of the Board (which actually was founded in the year 1630! – long before photography was invented).
The themes represented include – among others – ancient monuments, runic inscriptions, old churches, urban and rural environment, archaeology, industries and aerial photos. The images often show people, both known and unknown. Some photographs are from other countries than Sweden, some are repro photographs of other materials from our holdings, such as drawings, watercolours and prints.
Kulturmiljöbild – our photo database
About 200,000 of our photographs are digitized and searchable in our photo database online. The database is continually updated with newly digitized photographs .
Visit the photo database: www.raa.se/kmb
Read more about the database
Our photographs on The Commons
The Swedish National Heritage Board has become a member of The Commons on Flickr in order to increase public access to our photographs and provide a way for the general public to contribute with information and knowledge. New photographs will be added regularly. You are welcome to share, to comment, tag or just enjoy!
Read more about our policy regarding the photographs we show on The Commons.
More photographs on Flickr
On our other account on Flickr we show photographs from the Swedish National Heritage Board’s events since June 2011: Riksantikvarieämbetet
- A CASTLE ALMANAC 15,653 photos, 1,487 members
- All Free Pictures (Creative Commons and Public Domain) 189,928 photos, 6,080 members
- A LONG WALK IN THE WORLD 69,256 photos, 2,649 members
- El mundo en " Blanco y Negro " 663 photos, 94 members
- A COSY COTTAGE. 14,562 photos, 942 members
- MOUNTAIN 197,363 photos, 13,176 members
- MONUMENT 70,717 photos, 2,292 members
- Project Weather 611,956 photos, 92,469 members
- World Wide Planes 224,319 photos, 800 members
- RUNNING LANDSCAPES 130,856 photos, 4,768 members
- ANCIENT RELICS 152,962 photos, 4,467 members
- Plants, Stones & Nature Landscapes 83,605 photos, 1,869 members
- The Best of Black and White Photography 37,318 photos, 1,002 members
- m▲gic n▲ture 70,544 photos, 2,697 members
- SARDEGNA chiama SICILIA e viceversa. 125,322 photos, 2,493 members
- [...] on public space 4,772 photos, 66 members
- Recreate Culture 58 photos, 61 members
- Enquire Mag 206,113 photos, 8,080 members
- POTPOURRI MAGAZINE 363,555 photos, 8,171 members
- Nautical pictures of interest. 42,710 photos, 420 members
- Dated Vintage Photographs (pre 1945) 8,240 photos, 396 members
- Vintage pics 43,715 photos, 829 members
- Jihozápadní Čechy - Southwest Bohemia 156 photos, 39 members
- Gotland Nature Reserves 213 photos, 89 members
- Historical Gardens 20,711 photos, 707 members
- Britain's Postal Heritage 2,399 photos, 291 members
- 1st Photo Ever 4,088 photos, 412 members
- Norske Kirker / Norwegian Churches 4,628 photos, 406 members
- Castles, Mansions & Old Ruins 344 photos, 44 members
- Places Of Great History 434 photos, 43 members
- Windows & Doors -- Old & New 902 photos, 98 members
- Flickr Social Club 1,721,308 photos, 38,765 members
- Absolut Today 22,482 photos, 684 members
- Vintage Eyes That Speak 3,245 photos, 153 members
- Flickr 5.25 1,021 photos, 1,318 members
- Stångehuvud 34 photos, 15 members
- Svenska kyrkor - Swedish Churches 6,777 photos, 511 members
- Churches Kościoły Kirchen 89,059 photos, 1,925 members
- Earth Hour 2009 Global 3,109 photos, 2,590 members
- Figgjo, Nymolle, Bjorn Winblad, Arabia of Finland...Scandinavian 927 photos, 162 members
- Gotland 6,217 photos, 415 members
- Sweden before 1950 8,286 photos, 630 members
- Flickr Commons 2,630 photos, 2,611 members
"The archives of the Heritage Board are a wonderfull treasury of the past! Putting the pictures on Flickr has greatly enriched the internet. Thanks to all National Heritage workers who have helped build and maintain this Archive."
December 29th, 2017
CRUSIN CONRAD says:
"The Swedish National Heritage Board is a wonderful and meaningful way for Americans of Swedish ancestry to re-connect with their homeland. I am a second generation American/Swede and am very interested in capturing a better understanding of my grandfather and grandmother's heritage.
While my father was born in Chicago, Illinois USA..he was able to reside in Sweden in the 1930's for about a year. I am especially interested in photos of that time and earlier, so I may pass a little bit of the Swedish Ancestry and stories on to my four grandchildren.
I truly appreciate The Swedish National Heritage Board and hope to make a visit to Sweden within the next decade or so.
---Jim johanson, Blue Island, Illinois USA"
March 24th, 2009
- Swedish National Heritage Board - Riksantikvarieämbetet
- January 2009