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Sweden : Travel Information before you go!

Area

173,731 sq mi

Flights

2 hrs 30 mins. Stockholm is 892 miles from London. Swedish airline, SAS provide a regular service between the two capital cities.

Jet Lag

Population

9,556,000

Airports

The airport is 28 miles from the centre of Stockholm. Buses leave every 10 minutes until the arrival of the last flight of the day. It is a 45 minute journey to the north of the city by bus, 20 minutes by train and 30 minutes by taxi.

Security

Beware of animals on the road when driving at dawn or at dusk.

Languages

Swedish is the national language. The majority of the population speaks English fluently and German very well. French is less common.

Required travel documents for

For European citizens, a valid passport or national identity card are sufficient (for a stay of less than three months).

Religion

95 % of the population is Lutheran and 1.5 % Catholic.

Currency

The currency is the Swedish krona (SEK), which consists of 100 öre.
1 pound Sterling = approximately 10.842 SEK.
Most international credit cards are accepted (American Express, Visa, Eurocard, etc.) You will find cash machines located near banks.
Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 3:00pm (until 5:00pm on Thursdays) and closed on Saturdays.

Local transportation

The railway network covers the entire country and runs day and night. However, to travel to the large cities of the south or the coastal cities of the north from Stockholm, you will need to go by bus to avoid transfers. Wealthy people and those who are pressed for time may travel longer distances by air; Sweden has 21 airports to the north and south. To avoid depending on others, chooose to travel by car: the road network is in excellent condition. A national driving licence is enough, but the vehicle must bear a national registration plate. For car rentals, the minimum age is 25 with at least one year's driving experience. Motorways are free of charge.

Health

No particular vaccine is required. The reimbursement of medical expenses is possible upon presentation of your European, Health card.
In case of an emergency, dial 112, which is a free number from a phone booth.

Electricity

220 V, an adapter is unnecessary.

Tourist numbers

202,000 British business trips to Sweden took place in the year 2003.

Taxes and tips

In restaurants, as well as in hotels, service is included in the bill. Only taxis expect a 10% tip and people working in cloakrooms expect about SEK 10 (80p) per coat.

Telephone

To call Sweden from the UK: 00 (international) + 46 (country code of Sweden) + number of person you are calling without the initial 0. To call the UK from Sweden: 00 (international) + 44 (UK country code) + telephone number without the 0.

Sweden : Useful addresses in the country

Useful Addresses

In the UK

Swedish Travel and Tourism Council:
5 Upper Montagu Street London W1H 2AG
Tel.:00800 3080 3080 + 33 1 70 70 84 58.
www.visitsweden.com

Embassy of Sweden:
11 Montagu Place London.
W1H 2AL
Tel.:(020) 7917 6400 01 44 18 88 00.
Fax:(020) 7724 4174 01 44 18 88 40.

At the destination

British Embassy, Stockholm:
Skarpögatan 6-8
Postal address: Box 27819 115 93 Stockholm
Tel.:+46 (0)8 671 3000 46 8 45 95 300.
Fax:+46 (0)8 662 9989 46 8 45 95 341.
Consular Section:
Box 5335 - 10247 Stockholm
Tel.: (46) (8) 45 95 300
Fax: (46) (8) 45 95 321.
Maison de la Suède
Hamngatan 27, Box 7542, SE-103 93 Stockholm.
Tel.: 468 789 24 00.

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