Småland, Köttbullar and Design not only run through the minds of friends of a large furniture chain when they think of Sweden. The country is much more diverse than the image suggests. The Scandinavian Kingdom is a varied travel destination. The wonderful coast with its countless archipelago, the huge lakes and deep forests in the south of the country and mountains and polar landscapes in the north … Sweden has a north-south extension of around 1,500 km and can therefore come up with very different landscape forms . This picture is complemented by large metropolises such as Gothenburg and Stockholm and enchanting small towns called Ystad, Karlskrona or Lidköping.

Map of Sweden

Especially in summer, the beautiful nature lures you to an active holiday – you can get to know Sweden intensively by bike, on shoemaker’s pony or even by kayak. The long days around the summer solstice provide a wonderful backdrop and a unique atmosphere. And those interested in culture may devote themselves to the large range of museums in the capital or walk in the footsteps of Swedish customs and traditions. A chat with the lovable and open-minded Swedes should not be missing. And anyone who explores Sweden by car has the wonderful opportunity to combine impressions of the city with enjoying nature. A worthwhile combination!

Entry requirements
According to, Sweden is a member of the EU and the Schengen area. German citizens need an identity card or passport with sufficient validity to enter the country. Other nationals please inquire at the relevant embassy.

In Sweden, the Swedish krona (SEK) is used to pay.
ATMs are common, especially in the larger cities. To be able to withdraw money, you need a credit card or an EC card with the “Maestro” symbol. International credit cards are common. Often you can even pay with it in small shops, and some things can only be paid for with a credit card. Remember your PIN!

Time zone

Temperate and humid climate which, despite its northern location, is quite mild. The summers are cooler than ours. Due to the great north-south extension there are of course great regional differences.

The national language is Swedish. Many Swedes – especially those who work in tourism – have a very good command of English, and knowledge of German is also widespread.

Telephone / Internet
The international dialing code is +46 according to

Electricity & mains voltage
The voltage is 220 volts, 50 Hz, so that all devices can be used without any problems.

Emergency numbers Central emergency number 112

The largest international airport is Stockholm Arlanda. The international airports of Gothenburg and Malmö are also very important. Stockholm Skavsta is just under 100 km from Stockholm and is used a lot by low-cost airlines. Stockholm Bromma Airport is mainly used for domestic connections. There are also numerous regional airports across Sweden.

ARRIVAL by ferry
Sweden is extremely easy to reach by ferry. This is a good alternative to traveling by plane, especially for holidaymakers who want to travel in their own car.
There is a ferry connection from Kiel to Gothenburg, the crossing takes about 15 hours. You can also translate from Lübeck-Travemünde or Rostock to Trelleborg in southern Sweden.
There are also various ferry connections from Helsinki (Finland) to Stockholm, as well as from Tallinn (Estonia) or Riga (Latvia) to Stockholm.

The following applies to traveling by car …
If you are traveling with your own car, you should definitely have your driver’s license and vehicle registration document with you. It is also advisable to have the green insurance card with you. If you are not traveling with a vehicle registered with you, we strongly recommend that you obtain a power of attorney from the vehicle owner.
Fuel names are not necessarily identical to “our”. It is important to choose the correct octane number, 95 stands for super, 98 for super plus. “Blyfri” means “lead-free”.
In the far north of Scandinavia in particular, the network of petrol stations is getting thinner, so make the most of every opportunity there. Many petrol stations are “unmanned” self-service petrol stations. Here you can refuel around the clock and pay by credit card (with PIN!), EC cards are usually not accepted there.
Maximum speed in urban areas: 30-60 km / h
speed highways / national roads: 60-100 km / h Maximum speed highways: 90-120 km / h
alcohol limit : 0.2
Pay close attention to the signs. Violations are severely punished in Sweden.
It must be driven with dipped headlights / daytime running lights all year round.
Some roads (e.g. in Stockholm or Gothenburg) are subject to tolls.
(Information without guarantee, please inform yourself about the relevant provisions before departure)

Best travel time
A trip to Sweden is best between May and September, depending on the type of travel. The time around Midsommar is a very popular travel time, the days in June are particularly long. The summers are generally shorter than ours and the further north you go, the cooler it is.
Winter sports enthusiasts of course use the winter months for themselves: In northern Sweden, for example, there can be snow from October and into May.

The European health insurance card should be carried with you as proof of EU-wide insurance coverage. A private international travel health insurance is also recommended.
The supply of doctors and pharmacies is good. Of course, be sure to take with you any medication that you need to take on a regular basis. If you travel close to nature and in remote areas, you should stock up on the most necessary medication (for diarrhea, fever and pain, disinfectants, …) in advance.
If necessary, seek advice from your doctor about a vaccination against early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE).

Holidays and memorial days In addition to Christmas, New Year and Christian holidays with changing dates such as Easter, the following holidays apply:
January 6th, Epiphany Day
, June 6th, national holiday

Embassies & Consulates General
German Representation
Skarpögatan 9
11527 Stockholm
Tel: +46 86701500
Emergency Call: +46 708529420

Austrian Representation
Kommendörsgatan 35 / V
11458 Stockholm
Tel: +46 86651770

Swiss Representation
Valhallavägen 64
Tel: +46 86767900

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