A building which is of outstanding interest because of its cultural historical value or which is a part of a cultural historical outstanding settlement area can be listed as a listed building by the County Administrative Board, in accordance with the Cultural Heritage Act (1988:950) chap. 3:1. Regulations about listed buildings also apply to parks, gardens and other sites of cultural historical value.
State buildings are not included in this law, but are instead covered by the ordinances (1988:1229) concerning listed state buildings. Examples include royal palaces, lighthouses, government and legal buildings and defence sites. All are important documents for the history of Sweden and state administration. The government decides on whether a state buildings or site can become a listed state building.
The concept behind listed buildings is the preservation of traces of our history that are of great importance for understanding today’s and tomorrow’s society as well as to guarantee peoples’ right to an important part of the cultural heritage. Each listed building is governed by specific stipulations for its own protection and care. Listed buildings can be anything from a medieval castle to a cinema from the 1950s.
The Royal National City Park contains several listed buildings, such as Cirkus, the Nordic Museum and all the palaces.