Currency & Prices

The monetary unit in Sweden is the krona (plural “kronor”) and equals 100 öre. Bank notes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor, coins 1, 5 and 10 kronor.
There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency taken into Sweden.

Sweden has yet to ratify the Euro treaty.  

Please note: The older versions of the 50-krona and 1,000-krona banknotes (without foil strip) became invalid after 31 December 2013. 

Credit cards

Major credit cards (some restriction may apply to American Express) are widely accepted throughout Sweden at banks, hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies, and for air, ship and rail tickets. 

Please note! In order to pay or withdraw cash with your credit card it requires that you have a card with chip and PIN (Personal Identification Number). The older magnetic-stripe cards won’t work.

You can get cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bankomat” or “Uttagsautomat” ATM.

Travellers’ cheques

For travellers' cheques, please find more information at Forex Bank or at X-Change.

Facts & figures

Area: 450,000 km² (174,000 sq. mi.), third largest country in Western Europe
Forests: 53%
Bare rocks & mountains: 12%
Cultivated land: 8%
Lakes and rivers: 9%
Longest north-south distance: 1,574 km (978 mi.)
Longest east-west distance: 499 km (310 mi.)
Highest mountain: Kebnekaise (2,103 m)
Biggest lake: Vänern (5,650 sq km)
Capital: Stockholm.
Population: 9.7 million inhabitants (2014)
National Day: 6 June
Languages: Swedish; recognized minority languages: Sami (Lapp), Finnish, Meänkieli (Tornedalen Finnish), Yiddish, Romani Chib (a Gypsy language).
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy, with parliamentary democracy
Parliament: The Riksdag, with 349 members in a single chamber.
Religion: 82% belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden. There are also many other religions and denominations
Average life expectancy: men 80.1 years, women 83.7 years.
Most important export goods: Machinery and transport equipment, chemicals and plastic and rubber products, electronics and telecommunications equipment, energy products, industrial machinery, road vehicles, minerals, foodstuffs
Most important imported goods: Electronics and telecommunication, machinery, foodstuffs, crude oil, textiles and footwear, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and petroleum products.

Food Culture

It surely hasn’t escaped you that Swedish food and food experiences have been racking up accolades and column inches in international food and travel magazines and on foodie blogs. The reason is quite simple – a few years ago Sweden decided that it wanted to become a new culinary nation – by improving the quality of Swedish food and food travel experiences across the board. And by telling the world about it.

Try Swedish is an open invitation to taste and explore the world of our food culture. It is all about good food and world-class food experiences -  the combination of Sweden’s nature, flavours and some of the purest raw ingredients in the world. It’s about creative chefs and a modern, environmentally aware approach to leadership in restaurants and food-related businesses that take responsibility for the products being prepared and served.

Today´s multicultural society has also resulted in a wide variety of ethnic restaurants and an exciting "crossover" style in which traditional Swedish dishes are reinvented with new foreign influences.

You will also find all the usual fast-food outlets and pizzerias, and if you are after a good value and tasty snack, you´re never far from a hot-dog stand selling the popular "varmkorv".

A "Dagens rätt" (dish of the day) is available in most restaurants at lunchtime, which is served from about 11am to 2pm.

There are plenty of cafés and cafeterias for lighter snack.

Midnight Sun & Northern Lights

Midnight Sun

In northern Sweden, above the Arctic Circle, The Midnight Sun is visible 24 hours a day. In Abisko, one of the most northern Towns in Sweden, the Midnight Sun can be seen May 27-July 18.

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are the fluttering and bright lights that can be observed in the sky over the northernmost parts of the world. The best viewing areas in Sweden are above the Arctic Circle between September and March. 
As the phenomenon is caused by energy from the sun carried towards Earth on the solar winds, its appearance cannot be guaranteed!

Weather and Climate

Sweden enjoys a generally temparate climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream. Above the Arctic Circle, winter can be crisp and invigorating. In the south, winter is generally mild with an average of temperature above 0C/32F degrees, but temperatures can vary markedly in different parts of the country.

Sweden's northerly position has a definite summer advantage in that temperatures are rarely extreme and humidity levels are not high.

You can divide the country into three regions; central and southern Sweden, the northeast, and the northwest, or far north to describe the weather in Sweden.


Information Courtesy Of Sweden Tourism : https://visitsweden.com