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Currencie(s): Swedish krona
Tipping: Commonly not expected, but is done by leaving small change on the table or rounding up the bill. This is mostly done at restaurants and in taxis. Tips are taxed, but cash tips are not often declared to the tax authority.
Corruption: Sweden has a corruption score of 15/100.
If your itinerary runs through Sweden, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Sweden is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Sweden is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.53 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 3 National dishes: Köttbullar, Kräftskiva & Surströmming
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Sweden is 18. 18 for beer/20 for wine and spirits
Sweden is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 17% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Lutheran 87%, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist
From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.
This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.
Age of Consent: 15 years.
At the age of 15, an individual is considered mature enough in Sweden to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Sweden since 2009.
Sweden scores a 10/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be ANTI-LGBTQ+ even when the laws in Sweden are LGBTQ+ friendly. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Sweden – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
When travelling to Sweden, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!
Weather: Currently light rain, with a temperature between 0.6 and 1.7°C (33 and 35°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 6.18 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Sweden.
Planning a trip to Sweden? We have a list of 51 airports you can fly to. You can find the closest one to your destination by clicking on a city below!