Sweden

Sweden is beautiful, peaceful and clean, a country of cultural diversity. It is a mix of Danish and Wild Artic North influences that make Sweden special. One can feel the rest in the countryside but at the same time get the feel of urban living in Swedens beautiful cieties. The country is full of charm with its scenic medical villages, islands, lakes and forests dotting its landscape.

Sweden’s area is mostly covered by forests and not to forget thouthands of lakes. If visiting Sweden one can not leave without seeing its islands which are one of the beauties of the country. This islands offer the most scenic and beautiful experience to any travelers. The capital of Sweden ist Stockholm, a city with 14 islands dotted with great restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and artistic grandeur. When visiting Sweden duing the winter month check out the ICE Hotel which is sculpted from ice in Lapland each winter.


Älmhult, Smaland, Sweden

Population & Languages

Sweden has a population of roughly 9.25 million and the official language being spoken is Swedish but besides Swedish Lapp is spoken by Sami people in the north. English is spoken by most locals fluently and many also speak German or French.

Electricity

The Voltage is 230 volts and the Frequency 50Hz. Standard European 2-pin plugs are used.

Geographic Location

Sweden is lying on the Scandinavian Peninsula in the very North of Europe. It is bordered by Norway, Finland and Denmark and also by Skagerrak and Kattegat straits as well as the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia. Especially in the southern part of the country there are thousands of lakes while the rest of its area is mostly covered by forests.

Local Customs

In Sweden it is customary not to drink until the host makes a toast. Handshaking will do fine for greeting somebody and it is also common to say ‚Tack för maten‘ to the host after having a meal which mean thanks for the food. Dressing casual is acceptable for everyday wear but special occasions call for formal wear. Tipping up to 10% is customary for services in restaurants and taxis.


Kalmar Castle in Kalmar, Sweden

Places to see

One should definitely visit Stockholm which is the biggest city and also capital of Sweden. The old town is a treat for your eyes and a walk around city’s waterways and parks is an experience to cherish. Also most visitors are visiting the medival part of Gamla Stan. Stockholm is basicly constituted by 14 small islands which can be explored by cruises and provide a scenic view.

Goethenburg is the second biggest city of Sweden. The Liseberg, which is a world class amusement park is and attraction of the city that should not be missed. Gothenburg is also home to popular museums like Ostindiska huset, Konstmuseet and Sjöfartshistoriska museet.

In Vadstena one should see the Renaissance castle Vadstena Slot & Klosterkyrkan.

Staying in Visby sights to visit are the Port of Visby, ruins of Drotten, St Nicolai, St Lars and St Carin, cathedral of St Maria and Gotlands Fornsal historic musem.

Visit the Fort of Graborg, Eketorp museum and ruins of Borgholm Castle in Oland.


A river somewhere in Sweden

Travel

Sweden is well connected to Europe and the rest of the world by air. Apart from its national airlines SAS airlines like are Air Canada, Air France, Aeroflot, British Airways, Finn air, Lufthansa, Ryan air etc. are also providing service to Sweden.

Sweden is connected by ferries with other desitnations such es New Castle, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Travemünde etc.
To reach Sweden by Raod visitors need to drivce through Germany or Denmark and then take a ferry to Sweden.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. Up to 200 cigarettes or 250 g tobacco
2. 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars
3. 1 liter spirit over 22% or 2 liter wine or 32 liter beer
4. Perfumes
5. Gifts up to SEK 1700.

Narcotics, firearms, ammunition, weapons, most meat and dairy products, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol are prohibited in Sweden.