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What You Should Know More About Sweden

  • Travel Advice


    •      Tap water in Sweden is clean and has zero bacteria, and tastes good.
    •      Do not speak loudly or use gestures when communicating in this city.
    •      Show respect for their privacy and personal space.
    •      Learn some Swedish phrases to go by.
    •      Do not interrupt their pauses when communicating.
    •      Do not talk about any of the hockey teams as it might instigate an argument.
    •      De cafe substitute is an unpleasant thing to order here.
    •      Do not speak ill about not liking coffee, as it is considered offensive.
    •      Do not draw comparisons between Finnish, Norwegians, and Swedish people.     

  • Drinking Law

    To buy alcohol or serve it, the legal limit is 20 years and above. 18 years is the minimum drinking age in Sweden.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Cities in Sweden for touring


    Stockholm is the capital city popular for sightseeing historical monuments, beautiful archipelagos, and nightlife. Gothenburg is a port city. Jönköping is a beautiful town surrounded by many lakes and scenic spots.


    Adventure and outdoor activities


    Boat trips to the islands of the archipelagis and Drottningholm Palace are a must try. Canal cruises along the Göta Canal, covering Gothenburg and Söderköping is good for sightseeing. Cycling tours are great in Gamla Stan. Fishing in Norrbotten is excellent. Golfing in Sweden is popular as it has 400 golf courses. Sweden has more than 90,000 lakes and they have a scenic view. Uppsala and Swedish Lakeland area can be visited for their natural beauty.


    Shopping and nightlife


     Drottninggatan is a shopping street in Stockholm. Here you can buy high street brands in home decor and fashion. Nordstan is a great shopping centre in Gothenburg. Malmö has bars, cafes, and clubs. Cirkus venue in Stockholm is popular for hosting live concerts. Palace of Drottningholm hosts operas.


    Foods to try


    Smörgåsbord is a classic Scandinavian dish that has smoked salmon, cold meat, sliced beef, smoked reindeer pickled herring with boiled potatoes. Köttbullar is small meatballs. Rotmos med flask is pork cooked with potatoes and root vegetables. Pyttipanna is a diced meat with potatoes and onions. Gravlax is a dish made with salmon. Ostkaka is a  Swedish cheesecake. Akvavit is a Scandanavian spirit that has tasteless or sweet and spicy flavour. 

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website: Official Website

    Forum: Official Forum

    Books: Lonely Planet Sweden (Travel Guide) by Becky Ohlsen

  • When is the best time to visit Sweden?

    While Sweden is generally a cold country, you can chart your trip accordingly if you’re not too fond of the nippy weather. Of course, the ideal time to visit would be the winter so you can marvel at the beautiful northern lights.

    June to September:

    You’re bound to find more crowd as Sweden experiences summer around this time of the year. The temperature will range from anywhere between 18 degrees to 26 degrees. This is the perfect weather to set out hiking or to camp out in the woods.

    October to February:

    Sweden experiences winter for most of the year, with temperature dropping to a minimum of – 3 degrees to a maximum of 10 degrees. But don’t let the weather hold you back from visiting Sweden, as you’re in for a surprise with northern lights sightings and winter wonderland magic.

    April & May:

    It is still relatively cold in these months; however, you can expect clear blue skies in the morning and a flurry of snow in the evenings.

  • How to reach Sweden?

    There are a few fuss-free ways to arrive at Sweden:

    By Air

    Just like most European countries, Sweden too has a first-rate connectivity by air. You can get a direct flight to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, which is located 37 kilometers from the main Stockholm city. A drive to the city will take you roughly 30 minutes.

    By Rail

    Europe is known for its exceptional railway route, while Sweden doesn’t have connectivity as well as France or Germany, intercity travels are quite easy thanks to several carriers available. The national rail company of Sweden is known as SJ (Statens Järnvägar or State Railways). Here are a few to get around or outside Sweden:

    • Scandinavian Railway: You can choose to arrive at several Swedish cities including Malmö, Göteborg and Stockholm by the scenic Scandinavian railway. This rail route functions in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.

     

    • Øresundståg: If you’re traveling within Denmark and Sweden, the electric passenger train Øresundståg runs at a mere 20 minute interval between Malmö and Lund in southern Sweden to Denmark.

     

    • Arlanda Express: The Arlanda Express is an airport rail link that connects Stockholm central station with the Arlanda International Airport outside Stockholm.

    By Bus

    While buses are great for intercity travel, reaching Stockholm by a bus will take you a day and half. It is advisable to arrive at the nearest airport or railway station instead of a bus. Grab an interstate or intercity bus pass to get around some of the important destinations in Sweden.

  • Do I need a visa for Sweden? How does one get a Sweden visa?

    Yes, you will require a Schengen visa for visiting Sweden. A Schengen visa typically covers 26 countries including Sweden. You can download a form on their official website, but in case you’re travelling to only one Schengen country (in this case, Sweden), you will have to apply at the appropriate embassy/consulate within your respective country. It is recommended you apply at least six weeks prior to your departure.

  • What is the currency of Sweden and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The official currency for Sweden is the Swedish Krona (SEK). While it seems like exchanging money at the airport or hotel seems like the ideal thing to do, it is best to avoid until the time of dire need since these institutions tend to charge a higher exchange rate. Opt for an ATM if possible, but in case you need to exchange in hand, there are several currency bureaus scattered across major cities that can help you out.

  • Which are the major tourist attractions in Sweden?

    Home to some of the most mesmerizing landscaping views, Sweden is now considered a traveller’s paradise. There are quite a few options for those who are fond of outdoors. Spare plenty of time to take in the historic tales and explore the majestic lakes of this country.

    • Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm – for a fairytale-like experience
    • Kosterhavet National Park, Ekenäs – for spectacular marine life
    • Marstrand – for its lovely coastal activities
    • Archipelago, Stockholm – for some serious island hopping
    • Skansen – for the open-air museum and zoo
  • What are the things to do in Sweden?

    Sweden offers a host of outdoor activities and nature trails that you can experience on your stay. Take a walk down the cobbled stone paths to uncover a new historic tale of the valiant nation. There’s a lot to learn during your stay in this winter wonderland. Here are a few activities you must experience:

    • Go on an eerie Stockholm Original Ghost Walk and Historical Tour
    • Take a private bike tour to excurse the top attractions around the cities
    • Visit the spellbinding Stockholm cathedral
    • Spend a day loitering about Lisebergs Nojespark amusement park
    • Admire the ornate botanical gardens of Sweden
    • Go island hopping
    • Catch soulful concerts in Stockholm City Hall or Little Square
  • What is the local food of Sweden? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    If you think Swedish food is all about chewy meatballs and peculiar fish shaped candies, think again! The food in Sweden is centered on cultured dairy products, often crisped, sugared or softened.

    • Kanelbulle: Don’t forget to try their iconic Kanelbulle – a cinnamon bun – made of light, sweetened bread dough flavored with cinnamon. This can be found in almost any bakery across Sweden.
    • Toast Skagen: Another popular dish in Sweden is Toast Skagen – made of peeled prawns, mayonnaise, dill and lemon topped with fish roe and served on bread – available at some top restaurants across the country.
    • Herring: Being a coastal country, Sweden is blessed with bountiful shoals of Herring. Which is why, you may find the Swedes cooking, pickling and smoking these small, yet flavorful fishes.
  • What is the best public transport to commute around Sweden?

    As mentioned earlier, Sweden has an excellent rail route and intercity buses that can take you within and outside the country. The SJ railway is the dominating carrier providing several intercity trains. Apart from this, you can even find local buses running from time to time. You can avail a tourist pass from the city itself ranging for a day to a month – depending on your visit.

     

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Sweden?

    It is important to be updated with vaccinations before travelling to any destination abroad. Apart from being up to date with your routine vaccinations, here are a couple few that you may require prior travel:

    • Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A outbreaks occur almost everywhere around the world. It is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Talk to a doctor and get vaccinated in case advised.
    • Hepatitis B: Just like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B can spread through sexual contact, contaminated needles and other blood transfusions. It is important to stay vaccinated regarding this as well.
    • Rabies: Rabies is seen in bats in Sweden. Although not a major risk to travellers, it is advisable to get vaccinated beforehand.
  • What is the local language in Sweden and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    The local language in Sweden is Swedish. Although some Swedes can converse in English, it is not their first language. When approaching a local, be sure to speak in a soft voice and friendly tone if you’re not too comfortable with speaking Swedish. Here are a few phrases to keep handy:

    • Hallå – Hello
    • Tack/ Tack så mycket – Thanks/ Thank you very much
    • God morgon/ natt – Good morning/ night
    • Vad är priset på detta? – What is the price for this?
    • Hur långt är det här stället? – How far is this place?
  • Which are the best shopping places in Sweden and what are they famous for?

    From standalone designer boutiques to posh, convenient malls, shopaholics can indulge in a treat while shopping at Stockholm. Sweden has a great reputation for style and the capital city is much known for being a shopper’s heaven.

    • Östermalm: Known best for its high-end luxury shops, beautiful architecture and opulent restaurants, Östermalm is one of the most prominent places to shop at in Stockholm.
    • Södermalm: Incidentally voted as the ‘coolest place’ in Europe by Vogue magazine, the island of Södermalm is equipped with quirky cafes and edgy fashion boutiques.
    • Gamla Stan: Gamla Stan is recognized best for its old-world charm. Pick up on some intricate artifacts and tasteful Swedish souvenirs from here.
  • What are some famous lakes in Sweden?

    Sweden is known for as many as 96,000 lakes – both big and small. While you can set off exploring the smaller ones by yourself, the bigger lakes are often bustling with activity during the evenings and weekends.

    • Lake Vanern: The largest lake in Sweden, Vanern offers you a breathtaking view, culture as well as good food around its premises. Enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing and biking on a day out.
    • Lake Vattern: This popular lake often witnesses a flock of tourists from several countries swarming about to get a glimpse of the massive water body. With amazing sceneries, thriving wildlife and unmatched tranquility, Vattern makes a perfect picnic spot in Sweden.
    • Lake Malaren: The third largest lake in Sweden provides as a popular boating destination in the summer and an ice skating spot in the winter. The old buildings around this lake give it a rather picturesque appeal.
  • What are best places to experience Winter sports activities in Sweden?

    Make the most of the winter wonderland that is Sweden, and indulge in some fun winter sports and activities such as these:

    • Skiing – A popular Scandinavian sport, Swedes are even known to ski to work! Some recognized ski resorts include Are, Idre, Salen and Riksgransen.
    • Snowboarding – If snowboarding is your thing, Riksgransen and Kiruna are great places to begin at.
    • Dog sledding – Another fun sport that you shouldn’t miss out on, dog sledding can be experienced in the cold areas of Kiruna as well.

  • Where can I enjoy Canal cruising in Sweden? And how much would it cost?

    Canal cruising is common along the beautiful waterways of the Gota Canal in Sweden. The tranquil cruise sails past serene landscapes narrating historical tales along the way. The experience can cost approximately about 47,836 SEK per couple.

  • Which are the best places to enjoy nightlife in Sweden?

    Although the streets may seem during the evenings, don’t mistake Sweden to be a sleepy country just because the sun sets sooner. The thriving night life in the country incredulous and there are several clubs dotting the picturesque towns of Sweden. The Swedes love EDM, which is why, the clubs here experience a lot of crowd from around the world. You can experience the buzzing nightlife within Stockholm, with clubs like Sturecompagniet and Hell’s Kitchen as popular hotspots.

  • What are some famous historic destinations in Sweden?

    Those with an affinity for history are in for an exciting time, as Sweden is loaded with tales of culture and valiant battles from eons ago. You can begin your trail by exploring the castles for starters. Here are a few destinations to start with:

    • Kalmar castle: Dating back to the twelfth century, the Kalmar Castle expanded and renovated by Kings Eric XIV and Johan III, monarchs of the House of Vasa. It played an important role in the Swedish history, and was the site where the Union of Kalmar was signed in the year 1397. The castle still holds the old, renaissance feel today
    • Riddarholm Church – One of Stockholm’s oldest building, Riddarholm Church was built in the year 1300 and has been the burial ground for most of Sweden’s monarchs since then.
    • The Swedish History Museum – The museum showcases antiquities and pieces from Stone Age and medieval era. Everything from prehistoric artifacts to Vikings display is on display at The Swedish History Museum.
  • Which are the most adventurous hiking trails in Sweden?

    Best known for its nature trails, Sweden has an extensive network of long-distance hiking trails crisscrossing across the country. During summer, Sweden experiences a flock of tourists hiking along these beloved nature trails:

    • The Padjelanta trail
    • Kungsleden trail
    • Hoga Kusten trail
    • Skaneleden trail
    • Upplandsleden trail

  • Which are some famous islands to visit in Sweden?

    You may never be able to explore the 220,000 islands that Sweden is comprised of, but you can choose to spend tranquil moments by the sea at some of these islands:

    • Gotland – A rural island surrounded by sandy beaches, seascapes and farm scenery
    • Mastrand – A sleepy seaside island with idiosyncratic houses, fishing boats and seagulls
    • Oland – Stretches of untouched beaches and a castle to top it up
    • The Weather Island – Spot seals, take a swim and relish oodles of shellfish
    • Holmon – Uncover the mysterious bogs of Sweden while spotting rare migratory birds
  • How is Sweden for Honeymoon couples? What are the different couple activities there?

    With its unspoiled beaches, lush greenery and peaceful ambiance, Sweden makes an ideal getaway for couples and honeymooners. The placid lakes, ancient castles and the ethereal northern lights lend a fairytale-like feel to the country. Here are a few destinations within Sweden where you can choose to make some honeymoon memories:

    • Get a cottage on an island to wake up to the sound of the sea
    • Set sail on a romantic canal cruise down the Gota Canal
    • Experience the old-world charm of medieval cafes and restaurants in Mariefred village
    • Travel to Swedish Lapland, where the sun never sets
    • Experience the northern lights at the Aurora Sky Station
  • Where is Archipelago located in Sweden? And what is it famous for?

    Archipelago Stockholm is the largest group of islands in Sweden. It extends about 60 kilometers from Stockholm and there are almost 24,000 islands and islets within it. Go island hopping to experience what every island is best known for. Here are a few activities you can experience in Archipelago:

    • Boating
    • Hiking
    • Sea kayaking
    • Swimming
    • Foraging for berries or mushroom
    • Ice yacht

  • Which are the famous places to truly visit Sweden?

    To experience the natural beauty and unbridled adventures, visit these famous Swedish destinations and hidden gems that make your stay worthwhile:

    • Swedish Lapland – to witness winter like never before
    • Gotland – To experience a medieval setting along with the culture
    • Stockholm – For its nightlife and vivacious activities throughout the year
    • Kebnekaise – For those thrill-seeker who wish to conquer the peaks of Sweden
    • Birka – For those fascinated by Vikings and their lives
  • Which are the best places for water sports activities like kayaking, canoeing and timber rafting etc?

    Built on 14 islands and 57 bridges, Stockholm is the perfect place for thrill-seekers wishing for an adrenaline rush. Sports such as kayaking, canoeing and timber rafting are pretty popular both inside the city and around the archipelago. You will find several opportunities as you move your base from island to island.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Sweden

    The land of spectacular lakes and wondrous landscapes isn’t quite as intimidating as it seems. Keep some of these tips handy while traveling in and about Sweden:

    • It’s alright if you can’t pronounce the names of certain places. What’s more important is to communicate with the locals in order to get your point across.
    • Don’t miss out on island hopping as you may stumble upon a quaint coastline on your tour.
    • Swedes are very particular about queues. You may have to wait your turn at shops and pharmacies as well.
    • Midsummer is the most important festival for several Swedes. Don’t miss the yearly fun and frolic that is celebrated across numerous Swedish villages.
    • Alcohol is forbidden outside of bars and restaurant. Plan ahead if you want to grab a drink or two without spending a fortune.