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Sweden - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

Public transport is practical, reliable and punctual. Stockholm has buses, trams, and a metro (T-banan). Göteborg and Norrköping have trams. You can also get around by bicycle in the capital (there are many cycle lanes). And you can move around by ferry. Taxis are quite widespread (tip about 10%), but they are expensive. Large taxi companies are less expensive than independent taxis.
Maps of urban networks: Map of transport in Stockholm.

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

The Rail network is modern and well developed and covers the whole country. Traveling by plane from one city to another is efficient and inexpensive. Ferry transfers are also possible in the islands of the south-east coast, the islands of Stockholm, and between Gotland and Nynäshamn and Oskarshamn.
Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights
SAS Scandinavian Airlines Major yes Yes
Skyways Major yes Yes
Malmo Aviation Major yes Yes
Fly Nordic Low cost no Yes
Scandjet Low cost no Yes

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: Sweden is the country in the world where there are the fewest road accidents. The state of the roads is excellent. Some roads may be closed in winter. Headlights must be on all the time, day and night. Vehicles must be equipped with winter tyres between 1 December and 31 March. Child seats are compulsory for children under 7. Vehicle hire is possible in most towns, and all the international agencies are present. In the north, service stations are more scarce, but maps of service stations are available. Motorways are free, but be careful as you can suddenly find yourself on a single lane or at a traffic light. Road signs are not always very clear in towns.
Road maps: Carte routière
Find an itinerary: Mappy

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Historical: The whole of the south of Sweden is full of castles and manor houses: Häckeberga at Malmö, the Sofiero royal residence at Helsingborg, the castle of Kronovall at Wanås. In the west, visit the castles of Läckö and of Gunnebo, the manors of Näs, Bränntorp, Knivsta and Ronnum. Ystad is a medieval town with half-timbered houses. Kalmar is an old city with a very fine castle.
You should also visit the royal way at Ekolsund, the "favorite" castle of Gustav III in the 18th century.
Cultural: Museums are closed on Mondays.
The towns, villages and countryside of the south are full of museums, galleries, theatres and contemporary scenes. Göteborg and Malmö are important cultural centers. Visit the Duncker cultural center in Helsingborg and the Kulturen center in Lund, the Tjörn Nordic Watercolor Museum and the Museum of Sketches at Lund.
Skane and the island of Gotland are much appreciated destinations.
Nature: National Parks: Abisko, Stora Sjöfallet, Sarek, Padjelanta, Stenshuvud.
You should discover: Morrum, the island of Öland, the island of Gotland, Motala on the edge of the Gota Canal, Stockholm's islands, Dalarna, the lakes of West Gotland, Dalsland, Småland and East Gotland.
Religious: Many churches (Själevad, Anundsjö, St Petri, Kristine Church in Falun, etc.) and the Cathedral of Lund are worth visiting.
Thermal: Varberg spa resort on the coast of Halland (19th century); see the wooden cold baths establishment dating from 1902.
The bathing establishment of the Tylösand Hotel, Skedemosse Gård at Öland, Suderhälsan at Gotland, Solsidan at Torekov in Skane. For more information.
Beach: The High Coast (Höga kusten) is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Along the coast of the islands of Öland and Gotland, you can find the spectacular « raukar » (limestone formations). You should also see the beaches of Varamobaden on Lake Vattern.
Winter sports: The center and the north of Sweden have many winter and all-season resorts. The Vasaloppet (world famous cross-country skiing race) attracts tens of thousands of competitors each year.
Outdoor activities: All seasons are good for practicing outdoor activities: skiing, skating, glacier climbing, trekking, mountain climbing, rafting, canoeing, sailing, etc. The Swedish coast and the islands offer a wide range of water sports, click here.
Shopping: Stockholm is well-known for being a design center. The shops in Stockholm are open over the weekend. Göteborg is a pleasant city for shopping because everything is grouped together in the city center and you can do everything on foot. . Malmö is home to the Form Design Center (the oldest Swedish design and craft center).
Tourism organizations: Travel and tourism

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: No compulsory vaccination.
For further information on sanitary conditions: The webpages of the World Health Organization

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Stockholm (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
Summer time period: Summer time from March to October.
Climate: Sweden has a temperate climate. In summer, it can be 25 to 30° in the south, the temperature of the Baltic sea reaches 15 to 20°. Winter is not very pronounced in the south. In the north, it lasts from October to April-May (-30°).

Eating

Food specialties: Swedish cuisine has become very international and incorporated elements from all over the world.
The herring is one of the leading ingredients; it is cooked in many ways, for example el surstromming (fermented herring), stekt strömming (fried Baltic herring), böckling (smoked herring), sillbullar (fried balls of herring).
Swedish specialties are: Renstek (roast reindeer), köttbullar (meatballs), Janssons frestelse (gratin of potatoes and anchovies in thin slices), sillsallad (herring salad in a sour sauce), pitepalt (made of potatoes and barley flour), Smörgas (open sandwiches with many toppings: herring, shrimp, etc.), kanel bulle (snail-shaped cinnamon Viennese pastry), princess tarta (large green iced cake with whipped cream), smultrons (wild strawberries), hjorrtons (a sort of yellow blackberry which grows in Lapland) filmjölk (fermented milk).
To see some Swedish recipes, click here.
Drinks: Alcohol is sold exclusively in Systembolaget shops.
Minimum age: 20
Different beers: Lättöl (the least strong, less than 2.2%), Folköl, Mellanöl and Starköl (the strongest and the best). You must be 18 to drink beer and 20 to buy it.
Aquavit is a brandy. It is the Swedish national drink.
Dietary taboos: None

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