Sweden is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula, that borders Norway to the west, Finland to the northeast, and is connected to Denmark by the Öresund Bridge. Sweden is the third largest country by area in Western Europe, and has a population of over 9.2 million. Sweden emerged as an independent and unified country during the Middle Ages. It joined the K ...almar Union formed in 1397, and received a modern centralized administration beginning with King Gustav Vasa in the 16th century. In the 17th century the country expanded its territories to form the Swedish empire. Most of the conquered territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were lost during the 18th and 19th centuries. The eastern half of Sweden, present-day Finland, was lost to Russia in 1809. The last war in which Sweden was directly involved was in 1814, when Sweden by military means forced Norway into a personal union with Sweden, a union which lasted until 1905. Since 1814, Sweden has been at peace, adopting a non-aligned foreign policy in peacetime and neutrality in wartime. Sweden's capital is Stockholm, which is also the largest city in the country.Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately. Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Sweden for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Currently Required Vaccinations: None We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items. Recommended Items:
Sweden has a much milder climate than most other countries that lie this far north. Winter temperatures can be quite low (as low as -30 degrees Celsius in Northern Sweden) with lots of ice and snow throughout the country. July is generally the warmest month, with temperatures ranging between an average of 13 to 17 degrees Celsius. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Sweden is supplied at 220 volts. Sockets are designed to accept two round prongs. Some sockets will take the plugs with large prongs only; others will take the ones with small prongs. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Sweden. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible).
Internet: Wireless access is available in urban areas, airports and hotels. You’ll find Internet cafés throughout Sweden.
Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, zoom lens, a spare camera battery and charger, and dust-resistant case.
Generally speaking, we advise bringing $70-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). The currency of Sweden is the Krona and comes in paper notes and coins. Krona notes come in denominations of kr20, kr50, kr100, and kr 500. There are also coins which come in denominations of kr1, kr5, and kr10. We recommend that you bring approximately kr900 of spare cash in small denominations to have ready for tips and expenses when you first arrive.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.
Language: Swedish and Finnish
Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK)
Religion: 76% non-theist
Time Zone: UTC +1
Electricity: 230 Volts
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Sweden is +46
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Sweden: For any type of emergency dial 112