The heat is general not on in the hotels in the summer.
More walking is expected in Europe
Be prepared to walk distances in Sweden.
You are expected to take care of your own luggage.
Not common that you are able to drive the car into graveyards.
Sweden is the most cashless country in the world.
Please contact your bank and inform them that you will be traveling to Sweden so they don´t lock your account when they see activity abroad.
Sweden uses credit card pin codes, In some cases you can still pay without your pin code card if you show your identification. However this is not always the case, so we suggest you make sure you check with your credit card company to have the latest card appropriate for travel to Sweden.
Barely 1% of the value of all payments made using coins or bills since 2016.
Checks are not in use since 20 years.
There are “ATM” machines in Sweden, but there will be an extra fee for each withdrawal.
Bank offices cannot change foreign currency exchanges.
Sweden changed coins and bills 2016-2017. Old is invalid.
Taxes are always included in the price in Sweden when you shop.
Books and newspapers 6 %.
Food 12 %.
Everything else 25 %.
Different plug in Sweden then in U.S.
In Sweden you need an adapter for your U.S. electric devices. Easiest is to buy an adapter in advance or at the U.S. airport.
In Sweden the voltage is 230V/50Hz compared with the American 115V/60Hz.
Some devices are design to work with different voltage others will not specially those only with 115V.
Be certain what your device work with.
Swedish is spoken by native speakers throughout the world with the large majority found in Sweden and Finland.
Grammatically, for an English speaker, Swedish is not that bad. A lot of words are similar, you just need to say it with a Swedish accent.
Children start to learn english in 3rd grade in school.
Outside of native anglophone countries, Sweden consistently has one of the largest and most fluent English speaking populations in Europe.
Tipping is not mandatory
You only give tip if you find the service and food nice. You normally tip 10% if you have had a nice experience.
If you buy a drink at the bar and pay directly, it's generally appreciated if you leave any small coins from the change on the bar.
Organic and locally produced food are big business in Sweden
You find many small local food producers all over in Sweden.
They sell their food at home or in special markets, like Farmer's market.
It's common that restaurants specialize to cook and serve organic and locally grown food.
Not uncommon that the restaurants have their own vegetable garden next door.
Only available at one store called Systembolaget
Alcohol you only buy at Systembolaget. The store has a monopoly on retail sales of alcohol.
The store in only open Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
it's the only place you can buy wine and spirits and beer with an alcohol content above 3.5%.
Most towns/cities have one Systembolaget.
Systembolaget, a government owned and run retail chain.
You have to be 20 years old to by on Systembolaget.
If you want to have some wine or beer at your hotel room, a good idea could be to pack some for the first nights, as we are not certain if a store will be open as we arrive to your stay.
A way of life
Swedes are avid recyclers and sorting household waste.
Garden waste, colored glass, clear glass, newspapers and magazines, milk and yogurt cartons, soft and hard plastics, metals, food waste ...
Garbage is cleaned before being thrown, and it's also important to fold the boxes and cartons so they take up a minimum of space.
It's all part of Sweden's strong green culture.
Smoking is prohibited in most public places, buses, trams, cinemas, shops, restaurants and bars.
Be sure to check out how it is where you are.
In need of acute help
Call 112 when you need acute help and when it is danger for life, property or environment. Emergency number 112 is for you that need help immediately by the police, rescue team or ambulance.
Always remember to provide the caller with your address, so keep your hotel address with you.