Practical Information about Sweden
Visa to Sweden
The visa rules are depending on your purpose with your visit. Get here som more information about what you have to do before visiting Sweden.
Opening hours in Sweden
Related to the many exciting offers and brands you can find all over the country, Sweden has quite liberal and flexible opening hours.
Weather in Sweden
A lot of people believe Sweden has very low temperatures, but because of the warm Gulf Stream, the climate is milder than to expect in Sweden.
Internet & Wifi
By a visit in Sweden you will soon find out that the Internet and wifi options are a natural thing in everyday life.
Tax free Shopping
Remember if you are travelling from outside the European Union (EU), you are entitled to a tax refund on your purchases in Sweden.
Bank & Currency in Sweden
On normal weekday some cities banks may stay open until 6 pm. Regarding weekends and public holidays all banks are closed. Banks at airports, ports and main railway stations are generally open longer.
Opening hours Monday-Friday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Thursday 10.00 am – 4.00/5.30 pm
Currency The monetary unit in Sweden is the krona (plural “kronor”) and equals 100 öre. Bank notes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor, coins 1, 5 and 10 kronor. There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency taken into Sweden.
Credit Cards in Sweden
Credit cards & ATM Most of the well-known credit cards are widely accepted throughout Sweden (some restriction may apply to American Express). Please note! If you want to pay or withdraw cash with your credit card, you have to take notice about your card have a chip and PIN (Personal Identification Number).
The older magnetic-stripe cards won’t work. Do you want to raise cash, it is possible with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bankomat” or “Uttagsautomat” ATM.
Use of Credit Cards Major credit cards (some restriction may apply to Am...
To and from Stockholm Int. Airport
Stockholm Arlanda Int. Airport is Sweden's largest airport and works as an important hub for the Stockholm region and the Nordic countries.
Discount Cards in Sweden
In Sweden you will find a number of discount schemes, that can save you time and money for your visits around Swedish attractions. Cards provide either free admission or discounts and in some cases, free transport.
Stockholm Card The Stockholm Card will save you time and money. You’ll discover sights, museums, attractions and excursions you didn’t even know existed. You’ll be spared the trouble of paying by cash or card at entrances and public transports.
Gothenburg Card Göteborg City Card gives you free admission to lots of entertainment, sights, excursion...
Driving in Sweden
Don`t hesitate to explore Sweden by car. Stop whenever you like and discover the nature beauty of the country.
Sweden is the biggest Nordic country and very convient to use public transportation like train, flight, bus, car or taxi. However the distance in Sweden can be large, Sweden have the right choice for you out from your pocket.
Trains are comfortable and efficient with modern design to deal with all kind of weather, which can be rough. Roads and motorways are by international standards and normally relative free and the only problem sometimes are deer or elk crossing the road.
Sweden are well organized and developed regarding regional airports around the country, so...
Post offices are nowadays a service integrated in various shops; grocery stores, kiosks, gasstations etc. The opening hours therefore differ according to the specific store. Generally the post offices are open during normal shopping hours, but local variations may apply. Look for the blue postal sign.
Letters and postcards of up to 20 grams cost SEK 6 within Sweden and SEK 12 internationally.
Stamps are available for sale at post offices, most newsstands and supermarkets with postal service.
There are two different types of mailboxes. The blue b...
Sweden, like most other European countries, has 220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.
If you visit from the UK and Ireland, you will need an adaptor for electric appliances, whereas North Americans need a transformer in order to use their 110/125V appliances.
Laptop computers that are made to work on both 110 and 220 volts can be used in Sweden with an adapter.
Sweden is part of the worldwide GSM network, so compatible mobile phones should work without any problems. Se related links for more info.
Calling prices When calling abroad from Sweden: dial 00 plus the country code, followed by the area code and phone number. The price for a call from Sweden to another European country varies from SEK 3.90 - 9 per minute.
If you need medicine product the pharmacies (“Apotek”) are generally open during normal shop hours. A 24-hour service is available in the major cities. Prescriptions are dispensed at pharmacies.
In 2010 the government allowed it possible to buy non-prescription medicine in regular stores. You will have to pay the full cost of any prescription drugs up to a limit, and part of any costs above this limit. Further information on buying medicines on prescription.
If you are on medication, make sure you have an adequate supply before leaving for Sweden.
When you’re visiting Sweden the tourist guiding service has highly standard. There are extensive networks of official tourist offices, where you can receive professional and friendly guidance and help planning your Swedish holiday.
They can help regarding accommodations, maps, hotels, brochures etc…. . Guide you in English and German languages.