According to campingship, Sweden (Swedish: Sverige) is a country in Scandinavia (Europe) bordering Norway and Finland. In the Baltic Sea are the islands of Gotland and Öland, which are also part of Sweden. The northern part of Sweden also falls under the Lapland region. The capital of Sweden is Stockholm. A number of major cities in Sweden are: Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Karlstad and Lund.
Sweden is known for many things. Just think of IKEA, ABBA, Pippi Langkous, Nils Holgersson and wood production. Throughout the country there are many untouched pieces of nature that are often housed in National Parks and Nature Reserves. These areas include moose, bears, wolves and lynxes. Lapland is located in northern Sweden and is known for its many snow and reindeer. One can also experience the natural phenomena of midnight sun and northern lights here. Many practiced sports are winter sports because of the long harsh winters. Think of ice hockey, skating and skiing. Sweden also has a number of historic towns, mountain areas, mining areas and the royal castle Drottningholm. See insidewatch for practical travel information for your trip to Sweden.
Where is Sweden?
Travel information of Sweden
Official name: Kingdom of Sweden
Area: 449,964 km²
Country code: SE, SWE
Population: 10,202,491 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy
Highest point: 2,114 m (Kebnekaise)
Distance (Amsterdam – Stockholm): 1,128 km
Flight time: approximately 2 hours
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Sweden that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Sweden, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Sweden. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Sweden?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Sweden at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Sweden can be divided into three climate zones. In the north there is a continental climate, in the south a temperate climate and in the mountains a polar climate. During the summer months, temperatures are around 20 degrees inland and around 10 degrees at the border with Norway. During the winter months, temperatures are around -12 degrees in the interior and around -20 degrees in the south.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Sweden can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Sweden can be found at Climate info.
Current snow depths in Sweden can be found at Winter sports enthusiasts.
June, July and August are the best months to travel to Sweden. In these months you have the best chance of pleasant temperatures.
February and March are the best months for a winter sports holiday to Sweden.
Swedish is the official language in Sweden. In addition, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish are spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Swedish for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Sweden: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Sweden: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Swedish Embassy in the Netherlands: swedenabroad.com.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Sweden.
Money and Currency
In Sweden, payment is made with the Swedish krona (SEK).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Sweden can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Sweden are slightly higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +6% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (5% cheaper), food (24% more expensive), imported beer in catering (66% more expensive), cigarettes (1% cheaper) and public transport (5% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Sweden it is not customary to tip. In most hotels and restaurants, the tip is automatically calculated in the price.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Sweden is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Sweden can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Sweden you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Sweden.
There are toll roads in Sweden. An overview of all toll roads in Sweden can be found on ANWB.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Sweden.
In Sweden the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Sweden can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
The international number 911 can also be used.
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Sweden can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Sweden can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Sweden end in.se.
Official websites of Sweden: sweden.gov.se and sweden.se.
Swedish Tourist Board: visitsweden.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Sweden is 0046 or +46.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Sweden? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
All area codes for Sweden can be found on Wikipedia.
Phone numbers can be found in the Sweden Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Sweden.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Sweden.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Sweden.
Holidays and school holidays
Sweden’s National Day falls on June 6.
An overview of all other public holidays in Sweden can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Sweden in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Sweden, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Sweden?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Sweden. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Sweden can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Sweden can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Sweden? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Sweden, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Sweden, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Sweden? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the WilWeg.nl website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, accommodation, scholarships, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Sweden.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking ranging from 18 to 23 years.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.2.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Sweden has two national anthems (civil and royal)?
…ABBA was a Swedish pop group?
…Booze is not for sale in the supermarket in Sweden?
…Men in Sweden have just as long maternity leave as women?
… There is no official ban on calling while driving in Sweden?
…Studying is free in Sweden?