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Sweden

Continent: Europe

Ideal Duration: 10 - 12 days

Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK)

Best Time: Summer (June - Mid August) Read More

Budget: Moderate-Expensive

"For the experimental traveller"

Sweden Tourism

Known for its breath-taking landscapes, exotic dishes and notoriously eccentric culture, Sweden is indeed amongst the most diverse countries on the planet. Offering a 360-degree experience that includes both a thriving city life and an exotic ride through the countryside, the country is a delight for both mountain lovers and beach junkies. With a rich history, astounding architecture and the most incredible sights, Sweden is a traveller's paradise.

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Tourist Places to Visit In Sweden

Best time to visit Sweden

Summer (June - Mid August) is the best time to visit Sweden

This is the best time to visit as all major cafes and attractions such as open-air museums are open, and the midnight sun is visible. This is a good time to enjoy special festivals and folkloric presentations that don't happen otherwise. However, this means that thousands of tourists flock to the country making summer the most expensive time to be in Sweden, as this is the peak season.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

  • Beautiful, surreal landscapes
  • Plenty of hiking and trekking opportunities
  • Progressive, open-minded and friendly people
  • Clean, hygienic with a high standard of living
  • Unique varieties of food

What's Not So Great?

  • Quite expensive, especially regarding food and accommodation
  • Very strict, stringent rules on drinking and staying out late
  • Inaccessible healthcare facilities for tourists
  • Extreme weather conditions can be challenging
  • For those hiking/trekking, wild animals are a huge threat

For Whom?

For seasoned travellers with slightly big budgets who are willing to step outside their comfort zones and experience new things.

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Exchanging Money in Sweden

ATMs are considered the best way to exchange currency in Sweden, airports should be avoided. Since cards are widely accepted, even taxis take it, one doesn't need a lot of currency anyway. ATMs are everywhere in Sweden and are referred to as 'Bankomat'.Nearly all machines accept major cards - MasterCard, Maestro, Visa, Visa Electron and American Express. One can withdraw up to 10 000 SEK per use.

Nightlife in Sweden

Sweden has a thriving and exciting nightlife with Stockholm being the best city to spend a fun night. Most international DJs originate from Sweden, making Stockholm clubs an ideal spot for live DJs and concerts to perform. Entry to a bar/club depends on its timings. Bars that close at 01:00 or earlier generally allow free entry whereas bars that remain open until 03:00 charge an entrance fee. Some clubs remain open until 05:00 and have varying charges. One needs to be at least 18-20 years old to enter these bars/clubs. Strict rules apply to the consumption of alcohol.Nightlife in Stockholm is concentrated in two main areas:stermalm: houses the most exclusive and elegant clubs. Guests are allowed selective entry and are expected to dress well.Sdermalm: houses several popular clubs and bars that are more easygoing. Entry is still largely selective. Popular clubs and discos: Sturecompagniet, Spy Bar, Hell's Kitchen, Rose Club and Solidaritet.

Shopping in Sweden

Popular souvenirs:

  • The Dala Horse. They cost about 100 SEK.
  • Swedish glass
  • Wines from Systembolaget
  • Unique, Swedish-designed furniture and jewellery 
  • Eccentric everyday items - adjustable spanners, adjustable wrenches, safety matches and paraffin cooking stoves, for instance.
Places to go shopping:
  • Stockholm is the central hub for shopping.
  • Popular places include- Drottninggatan - ideal for small specialist shops and big showrooms Designtorget at Sergels Torg - for household objects
  • NK _ Nordiska Kompaniet- multi-level exclusively Swedish store for designer clothes, furniture and everyday items

Festivals of Sweden

Popular Festivals: New Year celebrations: 1st Jan, countrywide Easter celebrations: March-April, Easter hunts, delicious food and home decorations Walpurgis Night: April; bonfires to celebrate May Day: 1st May, national holiday, colorful parades Sweden's National Day: 6th June, national holiday Midsummer's Eve: June, people dance around a midsummer's pole covered in leaves and flowers while enjoying delicious treats Nobel Prize Day, Stockholm: November Christmas: December, traditional celebrations - decorating Christmas trees, exchanging presents, fancy dinner.

Hygiene in Sweden

While Sweden offers decent healthcare, foreigners find it difficult to access. Since most medical clinics are state-owned, their accessibility to tourists varies. Even though most provinces do have a regional hospital with offers around-the-clock emergency ward in case of emergencies, there's often a long queue waiting for medical attention. In some areas of Sweden, health care system is below par and does not even provide preventative physical checkups. Sweden's tap water contains zero bacteria and is of excellent quality. There are hardly any serious threats to health in the country. The only primary concern is the cold, especially in the winters, if trekking or skiing in the northern parts. Snow blindness and injury due to avalanches are threats for those hiking in remote areas without adequate preparation. Insects are also a huge problem in Sweden with pesky mosquitoes, gadflies, ticks and wasps infesting the country in summers.

Customs of Sweden

Narcotics are frowned-upon and strongly opposed by Swedes. Private use, possession or consumption is considered legally wrong and warrants punishment. Many Swedish traditions (e.g. Midsommar, Valborg, etc.) involve alcohol and welcome drunkenness. Some Swedes may not appreciate people staying sober at a party and may be offended by such behaviour. It is considered rude to sit next to someone on a bus or another form of public transportation if there is another empty twin seat available. One should always ask if they ought to remove their shoes when entering a Swedish household since in most homes it is customary to do so. Men and women who are good friends often greet each other with hugs. Sweden is very accepting of homosexuality, and same-sex marriages are legal there. Swedes don't like or appreciate assuming people's positions cultures or religions based on identifiable signs.

Tips for visiting Sweden

  • Sweden is usually freezing during winters so thick, warm clothes should be carried at all times.
  • Some areas in the bigger cities are considered unsafe because robberies and crimes are common here. Examples include Rinkeby in Stockholm or BiskopsgÅ’rden in Gothenburg. These areas should be avoided at night.
  • Weekends are generally crowded and the chances of crime are higher near pubs/clubs. Tourists should be extra cautious at such times.
  • Be sure to watch out for cars in the road junctions to avoid accidents, especially at night.
  • Do not get involved in unnecessary arguments and if you do, try to leave before the person becomes aggressive. If you witness people fighting in the street, especially young, intoxicated people, keep a safe distance and dial the European emergency number 112.

Food of Sweden

Traditional Swedish cuisine mostly includes meat or fish with potatoes, while the modern cuisine is more bread-based. Everyday traditional dishes are called husmanskost and they include - hash made of meat, onions and potatoes, Gravlax, Falukorv, Blodpudding, pea soup, pickled herring and meatballs. Sweden is also known for its caviar, soft whey butter and coffee (kaffe).

FAQs on Sweden

How to reach Sweden from India?

Sweden can be reached from four countries by train: Norway: mainly connects Oslo and Stockholm and Gothenburg. Denmark: Trains depart Copenhagen for Malm_ every 20 minutes, reaching Sweden in less than 30 minutes. There are also direct trains from Copenhagen to Stockholm. Germany: Malm_ can be reached from Berlin thanks to the "Berlin Night Express". There are also several day-trains from Hamburg to Copenhagen. Finland: Travel via Kemi-Tornio-Haparanda-Lule and then take a bus.

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