Sweden LPIS

Short Description

Sweden’s Land-parcel identification system (LPIS) data is managed by the Swedish Board of Agriculture, and made available on the INSPIRE Geoportal. The Swedish agricultural blocks are a data set containing information on maximum eligible agricultural land according to EU definitions. The agricultural blocks are used by the Swedish Board of Agriculture to administer support to farmers, for example to check the area information in the farmers' applications and to inform the farmers about the current information. The data set does not include all agricultural land in Sweden, but only the parts that a farmer has sought support for at some time. A block is a polygon / surface that defines an area of agricultural land. A block is bounded by fixed boundaries. Examples of fixed boundaries are roads, stone walls, forests and buildings. A block can also be delimited by regional boundaries (Assembly boundaries of 2000). With a few exceptions, a block must be at least 0.1 hectare. On one block, only one farmer can have agricultural land (except for grazing land that is co-owned). The data set of agricultural blocks contains about 1,143,000 blocks. Of these, about 891,000 are field blocks and about 252,000 are pasture blocks. The total area is 3.2 million hectares, of which 2.7 million hectares are arable land and 510,000 hectares are pasture land. The average area for arable land blocks is 3.03 ha and for the pasture blocks the corresponding figure is 2.03 ha.Originally (1997), the Land Survey's land cover was used to obtain the agricultural blocks. Since then, the orthophotos produced by Lantmäteriet have been used to update the boundaries, as well as field visits.

Coordinate Reference System

EPSG: 3006 (SWEREF99 TM), more info
Use the GDAL command below to convert the LPIS collection's CRS into CRS of your choice:
ogr2ogr [-s_srs srs_def] [-t_srs srs_def] [dstfile] [srcfile]
Example of converting from EPSG:3006 to EPSG:3857
ogr2ogr -s_srs EPSG:3006 -t_srs EPSG:3857 lpis_3857.shp lpis_3006.shp

Attribute Information

Table 1: Description of Attributes

Name Type Description
blockid Integer Object identifier.
region String Region code.
areal Double Field area in sqkm.
kategori String Land use category.
agoslag String Land use class.

Table 2: Description of land use classes (agoslag)

Agoslag Description
Åker Farmland
Bete Pastures
Åkermark – långliggande vall Cropland – long-lying grassland
Åkermark – permanenta grödor Cropland – permanent crops
Övrig mark Other land
Våtmark Wetland
Okänt Unknown

Table 3: Description of land use categories (kategori)

Kategori Description
Gård/Miljö Farm / Environment
Ej stödberättigande Not eligible
Miljö Environment
Miljöinvesteringar Environmental investments
Okänt Unknown

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Online Resources

Geographic Location

geographic location
SOURCE: TUBS @ Wikimedia Commons