City of great charm and beauty. Really wonderful and evocative landscapes. An interesting and unexpected gastronomic offer.
The largest of the Scandinavian countries, is able to give a lot of emotions during their vacation.
More than anything else, what makes this country unique is a form mentis from before the class. A land where respect, equality, traditions, tolerance go hand in hand.
HOW TO GET
Train, car and, above all, ship, are hypotheses that, although suggestive, are not feasible. Above all, considering the distances with the rest of Europe.
The plane is, without a doubt, the quickest, fastest and most economical solution to reach this wonderful land. Only Stockholm is served by three international airports. Arlanda e Skavsta, distant about 50 and 100 km from the Capital, are well connected with the main European and extra-European destinations. Bromma, however, despite being the closest to Stockholm, is mainly served by domestic flights.
Arlanda and Göteborg-Landvetter, are the two largest airports in Sweden. The second, is the reference point for those who want to reach Gothenburg and the surrounding areas. Other airports to land in are Malmö-Sturup and Karlstad.
GETTING AROUND SWEDEN
To move around the country, the best solution for quality / price is the bus. The Swebus company operates throughout Sweden, providing numerous daily connections. The buses are reliable and modern, and the prices are quite content. The advice is to book in advance; if you are elastic on dates, you can easily get the best price. Here are some examples: Gothenburg-Stockholm, by 169SEK; from the Capital to Malmö, from 199SEK to 329SEK!
Info and prices on the official website, from this link.
The train is a great alternative to move around the country. The Swedish SJ controls a large part of the railway network. Also in this case, as for the buses, it is advisable to book in advance to obtain the most advantageous prices.
In the air you move quite easily in the country. Daily connections are frequent; the prices, rather high.
DOCUMENTS AND CUSTOMS
Sweden is, from the 1995, a member of the European Union. Therefore, there is no obligation to produce documents at the border, but you are always required to bring an ID card or passport with you. It is recommended, above all, to bring the CI of their children under age, even if traveling by car or train. See our special section, about that.
Dogs and cats enter freely, provided they have a health certificate and a recent certificate from the veterinarian of the ASL of residence, attesting to good health. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies by at least 3 or 4 weeks before the trip.
Some info and advice, from this link.
CURRENCY AND CHANGE
Official currency is the Swedish Crown (SEK). In June, 2018, based on the exchange rate applied, 1 SEK is equivalent to just under €0.1.
In circulation, you will find coins from 1, 2, 5 and 10 Crowns. Banknotes, on the other hand, are found in denominations from 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 SEK.
Almost everywhere, you can pay directly by credit card and withdraw cash at ATMs. A cash reserve is always recommended.
If you need to enter the bank, please note that, generally, the offices are open from Monday to Friday, from 09:30 to 15: 00. In Stockholm, and in the main Swedish cities, they are open until 18.
In Sweden, the clock hands are placed one hour ahead of the Greenwich meridian (UTC/GMT + 1). Daylight saving time starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, with the hands forward an additional hour compared to Greenwich (UTC/GMT + 2). In summer, therefore, the hands are one hour ahead of the meridian.
Throughout the country, the voltage is 230 volts, 50Hz frequency. The sockets will all be similar to those shown in the photo below. We recommend always using a special adapter. To the most confident, we recommend to take a look at this link.
PostNord Sverige is the company that manages Swedish national mail. It is part of the Holding PostNord, controlled by Sweden and Denmark.
A yellow logo on a heavenly background identifies PostNord.
Typically, post office counters observe the same hours as banks, and are almost exclusively open on weekdays.
There are no regulated timetables, but much depends on the area and the period. Shops are usually open Monday to Friday, from 10 to 18 and from 10 to 16 on Saturdays. In Stockholm, and in large cities, you will find shops open even on Sundays. The department stores and shopping centers are open all day, extended until late evening.
The APOTEK sign outside the building indicates the presence of a pharmacy. As a rule, you will find pharmacies open from Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 18:00; Saturday, up to 14:00. Sunday is the closing day. In larger cities, you will always find open, 24 hours on 24, at least one pharmacy.
With a few exceptions, pharmacies observe the same store hours. Typically, they are open on weekdays from 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:30 to 19:30. Some, 24 hours are open on 24. It is almost impossible to find exercises open on Sundays, closing days.
In Sweden, the frequencies Gsm 800 / 1800 Mhz and W-CDMA 2100 are used, the same as the main European countries. So you can easily use your Italian, French … smartphone.
To call phones in Sweden, you need to enter the swedish international code 0046, followed by the telephone number.
With the lowering of roaming costs, you can easily call from Swedish using your national rate. Alternatively, you can use the classic VoIP calls, or make video calls, using a free WI-FI line.
MUSEUMS, RELIGIOUS SITES
There is no fixed rule but, generally, museums observe very similar hours to stores. In winter, however, many buildings close before the 17. The closing day varies depending on the place. It is always advisable to refer to the individual Swedish destinations.
If you want to visit the religious sites, keep in mind the rule that applies all over the world. Maximum silence. Switch off the mobile phone. Dress in a decent way. During the hours of Holy Mass, visits are not possible.