When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Sweden to help you prepare for your trip.
Exploring Sweden often means driving through forests without seeing any cultivated or populated land for long periods of time. Forests cover more than half of the country. People here love the great outdoors. Hiking, camping, cycling and fishing are all major Swedish pastimes and this makes it a great destination for campers.
Swedish is the major national language. Lapp is spoken by the Sami population in the north; Meänkieli (Tornedal-Finnish) is the official language in the Tornedal region (also in the north). Romani Chib and Yiddish are also official languages. All languages have equal status. Some of the most common Swedish phrases you may find useful to know when visiting are:
• God dag, Hei– Hello
• Hej då – Bye
• Ja – Yes
• Nej – No
• Snälla – Please
• Tack – Thank you
• Talar du engelska? – Do you speak English?
• Öppet / Stängt – Open / Closed
• Herrar / Damer – Gents / Ladies
• Camping – Campsite
People in Sweden tend to have a very good level of English and it is easy to get around the country even if you don’t speak Swedish. Still, attempting basic greetings in the local language will be considered as polite and appreciated. We therefore recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay.
The currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona (SEK).
Banks are generally open Monday to Friday from 0930 hrs to 1500 hrs. On Thursdays banks usually close at 1800 hrs. Banks are closed on weekends and on public holidays.
20, 50 and 1000 SEK banknotes issued before 2015 are invalid and can no longer be used in shops. In addition 100 and 500 SEK banknotes and 1 and 5 SEK coins issued prior to 2016 will be invalid from 30 June 2017.
Credit Cards & ATM
Card payments are now more widespread than cash payments. An increasing number of payments can only be made by card. This applies even to some minor transactions (bus tickets, parking fees). Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club cards are widely accepted.
Cash can be obtained from ATMs (known as "Bankomat") in all towns. The exchange rate is generally more favourable than the one offered by banks and bureaux de change. ATMs are harder to find outside of towns.
Travellers' cheques are no longer used, but may be exchanged by banks handling cash and bureaux de change.