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Sweden essential info

Stretching from the high Arctic to sunny southern island beaches, Sweden offers outdoor activities and cosmopolitan cities for every taste

Travel in Sweden: vital statistics

  • Capital of Sweden: Stockholm
  • Population of Sweden: 9.3 million
  • Languages in Sweden: Swedish, Finnish, most people speak English
  • Time in Sweden: GMT+1
  • International dialling code in Sweden: +46
  • Voltage in Sweden: 230V/50Hz
  • Visas for Sweden: Sweden visa
  • Money in Sweden: Swedish krona (SEK). Service charge and tips are usually included in restaurant bills and taxi fares.
  • Sweden travel advice: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Sweden tourist board: Visit Sweden

When to go to Sweden

Sweden is at its best during the long summer days between May and September, although if you’re planning to spend a lot of time outside, you might want to avoid mosquito season (June and July).

To experience the midnight sun you need to be above the Arctic Circle between 31 May and 14 July.

Winters are very cold, but offer a different range of activities – head north for husky-sledding, Ice Hotel stays and the northern lights between November and March.

Sweden international airports

Arlanda (STO) 45km from Stockholm; Skavsta (NYO) 100km from Stockholm.


Getting around Sweden

Sweden has an excellent network of public transport. The bus and regional train networks are integrated. ScanRail has a flexible rail pass which covers travel in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway.

Domestic flights can be expensive.

Cycling is a joy in Sweden and cyclists are well respected by other road users.

Boats are also popular. Gotland is served by regular ferries.

Sweden accommodation

Swedish people love the great outdoors making camping and country cabins far more popular than drab hotels. Campsites with excellent facilities are everywhere, although most are only open between May and September. Sweden has a a good hostel network too.

Tourist offices have lists of homestays. Look out for the sign ‘Rum & Frukost’ when driving – it indicates cheap B&B-style accommodation. Hotels are mostly operated by big chains.

Sweden food & drink

Fermented herring, reindeer stew, meatballs, stuffed pike with horseradish – Swedish cuisine may not be to everyone’s taste but you can’t fault the quality of the produce. Fresh fish is abundant in Sweden and wild berries and mountain-reared meat are staples. If you’re short on time, a smörgåsboard is a great introduction to Swedish food.

Alcohol is expensive in Sweden but it’s an important part of the culture – just be sure not to start necking your drink until your host or hostess has toasted you with a resounding ‘Skål!’

Sweden is a great destination for vegetarians: most major towns have a selection of veggie restaurants.

Health & safety in Sweden

Check with your GP before travelling that your immunisations are up to date. Tap water is safe to drink.

Bring mosquito repellent if you’re planning to be in Sweden during the summer.

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