Sweden

Capital Stockholm

Population 9,894,888

Area 450,295 km2

Key facts

Sweden is a member state of the European Union located in Northern Europe. There are 2 countries (Finland, Norway) that Sweden shares its borders with. The official language of Sweden is Swedish. Although English isn’t the official language, the majority of people in Sweden are good English speakers.

EF EPI’s 2021 rankings placed Sweden 8th among 100 nations out of non-native English-speaking countries.

The national currency in Sweden is Swedish krona (SEK). The krona (kr) is subdivided into 100 ören.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 11.39 SEK and 1 USD is worth 10.61 SEK.

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Banknotes

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Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Sweden is 199.11 Mbps and mobile is 174.2 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Sweden.28.30 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Sweden, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Sweden. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Sweden will celebrate 16 national public holidays. The next one Good Friday will take place on April 7.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayNyårsdagen
January 6, 2023 EpiphanyTrettondedag jul
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayLångfredagen
April 9, 2023Moving holiday Easter SundayPåskdagen
April 10, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayAnnandag påsk
May 1, 2023 International Workers’ DayFörsta maj
May 18, 2023Moving holiday Ascension DayKristi himmelsfärdsdag
May 28, 2023Moving holiday PentecostPingstdagen
June 6, 2023 National Day of SwedenSveriges nationaldag
June 23, 2023Moving holiday Midsummer EveMidsommarafton
June 24, 2023Moving holiday Midsummer DayMidsommardagen
November 4, 2023Moving holiday All Saints’ DayAlla helgons dag
December 24, 2023 Christmas EveJulafton
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayJuldagen
December 26, 2023 St. Stephen’s DayAnnandag jul
December 31, 2023 New Year’s EveNyårsafton

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Sweden?

There are no Mariott hotels in Sweden.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Sweden.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Sweden.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Sweden.

There are Radisson hotels in 7 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Sweden.

What fast food chains are present in Sweden?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Sweden.

The KFC chain operates in Sweden.

The Burger King chain operates in Sweden.

The Subway chain operates in Sweden.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Sweden.

The Starbucks chain operates in Sweden.

Weather

What is the weather like in Stockholm?

Today the sun in Stockholm, rises at 7:36 AM and sets at 4:27 PM. The climate of Stockholm may be categorized as a Humid continental (Dfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9DrizzleLow: 1.1°C (33.98°F)High: 2.6°C (36.68°F)
FridayFeb 10Heavy RainLow: 0.1°C (32.18°F)High: 2.8°C (37.04°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: -0.9°C (30.38°F)High: 3.1°C (37.58°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: -1.1°C (30.02°F)High: 3.6°C (38.48°F)
MondayFeb 13OvercastLow: 1.6°C (34.88°F)High: 5.2°C (41.36°F)
TuesdayFeb 14OvercastLow: 0.7°C (33.26°F)High: 4.9°C (40.82°F)

Weather data for Stockholm (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Stockholm.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 3 cities. Bolt is available in 14 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Sweden.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 6.8, Sweden is placed 4th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Sweden traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  3,079.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 3.10 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Sweden

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Illegal
Medical usage: Legal in certain circumstances

You must be at least 20 years of age to bring alcohol into Sweden.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
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