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Welcome to Sweden

Dive into the land of the Norsemen and Vikings. Uncover Sweden’s rich cultural traditions found in its quaint villages and serene forests. Beyond the household names of ABBA and IKEA, Sweden has crystal-clear lakes, its own wintery wonderland and the beautiful Midnight Sun.

Sweden – a true Scandinavian beauty

Sophisticated cities and enchanting landscapes characterize this wonderful country. In Swedish Lapland you’ll find rolling hills, roaring rivers, vast woodlands and rural romance. In the winter the mountain peaks become snow-capped and opportunities for husky sledding and Northern Lights are abundant. In Stockholm it has perhaps the most unique capital - the city is spread across 14 islands. Explore the buzzy Djurgarden district, wander through Gamla Stan or stop by the ABBA museum. Sweden has more than enough to keep you busy.

Practical Information

This information can be useful when traveling to this beautiful country

Climate
Thanks to the Gulf Stream Sweden enjoys a generally temperate climate. July is normally the warmest month with an average temperature of 22°C and January is generally the coldest with an average of -3°C.
Public Transportation
Stockholm is often praised for its comfortable, efficient and safe transportation.  The Stockholm public transport network is operating 24 hours a day, with special bus services covering the night and early hours.
Internet
Most airports, train stations, (free) public libraries and hotels will offer the service of computers with Internet access. There are also various cafés with internet terminals in most cities.
Money
The Swedish currency is the krone (SEK) which is divided into 100 øre. 1 SEK equals approx. 10 Euro cents/9 pence. Many shops and restaurants do accept foreign currency in cash, but it is advisable to pay in SEK.
Shopping
Stockholm visitors can experience shopping in archipelago centers consisting of boathouses from the 1800s and shopping in the inner city with its exquisite blend of beautiful buildings, palaces and beautiful parks.
VAT-refunds
Citizens and residents of a country outside the EU can claim a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund when shopping in stores with “tax free shopping” signs. A minimum purchase per shop is required. When approaching the refund point, please make sure that you have the following with you: Your goods, your Global Blue tax-free form, your passport/ID

Did You Know?

This information can be useful when traveling to this beautiful country

You can leave your phrase books at home when you go to Sweden as most Swedes speak English
The Stockholm underground is also known as the world’s longest art gallery, as so many of its stations are adorned with the works of different artists.
Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges.
Stockholm is home to one of Europe’s most dynamic food scenes and Stockholm's restaurant scene is a true melting pot of flavours from around the world.
Sweden is ranked second in Europe in terms of technological achievements.
The Nobel Prize founder Alfred Nobel was born in Stockhom in 1833.
Every year a big amount of the road signs for moose-crossing are stolen from Swedish roads as souvenirs.
Sweden lies at a high latitude, hence the biggest part of the country has very long hours of daylight in summer and very long nights in winter.

Activities

Snowmobiling

Whether you want to drive yourself or have a guide, snowmobiling is the perfect way to discover parts of Lapland that would otherwise be unreachable.

Husky safari through the Arctic

Venture on a husky sled excursion and enjoy the breath-taking and calm arctic landscapes. There is no better way to experience nature!

Tree Hotel in Swedish Lapland

With luxury rooms suspended in the trees, this hotel resort offers unforgettable nights inside a themed rooms made to look like bird nests and even UFOs!

Icebreaker Cruises

Only icebreakers are able to travel through ice covered sea and offer the opportunity to explore the floe and see Arctic wildlife.

Northern lights Tours

Get a glimpse of this magnificent natural phenomenon thanks to dedicated guided tours and excursions. If planning to come in Sweden, this is an absolute must-do!

Ice Restaurant at the Arctic Snowhotel

Eat delicious food at tables made from ice and enjoy the icy surroundings which include intricate sculptures and carvings.

Mariefred

With Gripsholm castle in its center, Mariefred is a one of the most charming towns in Sweden with plenty of history and is only an hour from Stockholm.

Vadstena Castle

Before becoming a renaissance castle, the building served as a fortress to protect Stockholm. Step inside the castle walls and discover its transformation.

Sigtuna

The picturesque town is home to three medieval churches and is said to have the oldest main street in Sweden, which is lined with traditional wooden houses.

Uppsala

If you’re looking for a typical Swedish town, a short excursion to Uppsala is a must. Its unique cultural treasures and history make it the perfect choice.

Stockholm Food Tours

There is no better way to experience the capital's local cuisine than on a food tour or food walk which introduces you to carefully selected bars, cafes and restaurants.

Abba Museum

A museum with a difference - this interactive exhibit gives you the chance to experience what it is like to be onstage with Abba and don their famous costumes.

Stockholm’s Ice Bar

Treat yourself to a drink in the first permanent ice bar in the world. Drink out of glass made from ice and admire the impressive ice sculptures decorating its walls.

SkyView at Ericsson Globe

For an impressive panoramic view of Stockholm take the SkyView gondolas to the top of the Ericsson Globe, the world's largest spherical building.

Stockholm City Hall

Thanks to its eye-catching spire featuring the golden Three Crowns, the city hall of Stockholm is one of the capital's most famous building.

Vasa Maritime Museum

Situated in Stockholm, the museum exhibits the Vasa, one the best preserved 17th century warships, that barely made it out of the harbour before sinking in 1628.

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