Welcome to Sweden, so much more than IKEA and ABBA, world class hockey players and strong freckled girls in long stockings.
Come. Breathe. Relax. Take a stroll with us down the narrow, winding cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan, the unique medieval heart of Stockholm dating back to the 13th century, and indulge the cravings for lush, fine dining in first class designer’s furniture. Explore our endless forests and fresh water lakes under the Lappish midnight sun or the dancing Aurora Borealis and find out just how big an impact the surrounding environment has on our everyday life. Discover why we are considered the most innovative country in the world and how You can be a part of this creative hub of fashion, food, and fun.
Move to the rhythm of our borderless music. Join us in traditional celebration of the change of seasons, as we have done for generations. Follow in the footsteps of the familiar characters of Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, and sense the globality in the strong yet local settings that has made us world renowned pioneers of public welfare and personal wellbeing. You might risk falling in love with Sweden, but it’s a chance You’ll have to take.
We look forward to seeing You!
Did you know
the 9.5 million Swedes have the longest life expectancy in Europe
you can leave your phrase books at home when you go to Sweden as most Swedes speak English
The Stockholm underground is also known as the worlds longest art gallery as so many of its stations are adorned with the works of different artists
Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges
in Stockholm you can find the world-famous warship the Vasa built in 1628 and the world’s oldest open-air museum Skansen
Stockholm is one of Europe’s most dynamic foodie scenes and Stockholm's restaurant scene is a melting pot of flavours from around the world. But of course the best of Swedish cuisine is served as well, often in contemporary interpretations
we ranked second in Europe in terms of technological achievements
The Nobel prize founder, Alfred Nobel, is a Swede and he invented dynamite in 1866
The Stockholm Globe Arena is the world’s largest hemispherical building and the world’s largest scale model of the Solar System
The most popular tourist souvenir is the road sign for moose-crossing. Every year a big amount of these signs are stolen from Swedish roads as souvenirs.
Because Sweden lies at a high latitude much of the country has very long hours of daylight in summer and very long nights in winter.
Practical information about Sweden
Sweden enjoys a generally temperate climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream. The Swedish climate follows four distinct seasons. 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.
July is normally the warmest month with an average temperature of 22°C. January is generally the coldest.
Stockholm is often praised for its comfortable, efficient and safe transportation. Most ticket types can be used on all forms of public transport in and around the capital, including metro, rail, trams and busses. The Stockholm public transport network is operating 24 hours a day, with special bus services covering the night and early hours.
Most airports, train stations, public libraries (free) and hotels will offer the service of computers with Internet access. There are also various cafés with internet terminals in most cities.
The Swedish currency is the krone (SEK) which is divided into 100 øre.
Many shops etc. do accept foreign currency in cash – at an unfavourable exchange rate for you. It is advisable to pay with Swedish kroner. Banks opening-hours 10am to 3pm. Thursdays until 5.30 pm. Banks are closed during weekends. Currency exchange offices offer longer opening hours than banks and stays open on Saturdays and Sundays/public holidays.
ATMs, found at practically all bank-branches, accept all major credit cards.
Shopping in Stockholm, is both inspiring and challenging. You can experience shopping in archipelago centres consisting of boathouses from the 1800s and shopping in the inner city with its exquisite blend of beautiful buildings, palaces and beautiful parks. Everybody's favourite shopping area in Stockholm is Gamla Stan (Old Town). Site of the Royal Palace, it even attracts such shoppers as the queen.
If you are a citizen and a resident of a country outside the EU, you can claim a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund. You can only shop in stores with “tax free shopping” signs in order to receive the VAT refund. In order to achieve the VAT refund, a minimum purchase per shop is required. When you approach the refund point, please make sure that you have the following with you:
Your Global Blue tax-free form
For more information please go to: http://www.globalblue.com/customer-services/tax-free-shopping3/ or ask in the ”tax free” shop.