ELECTRICITY: 220 V / 50 Hz
CURRENCY: Swedish Krona (plural kronor). 1 Krona equals to 100 öre.
PASSPORT / VISA:
A valid passport entitles EU and North American citizens to a three-month stay in Sweden. Citizens of other countries should check with a Swedish diplomatic representative in their home country.
Travellers to or from the Schengen area will go through a personal control, both on arrival and departure. Identity will be checked, as well as the validity of the passport. Travellers will also be checked in relation to a joint police register (Schengen Information System).
The tap water tastes pretty delicious, almost wherever you are in Sweden – and at least as good as the bottled variety that you have to pay for.
SHOP OPENING HOURS:
Monday-Friday 9.30 am - 6 pm, Saturday 9.30 am - 2/4 pm
In larger towns, department stores remain open until 7.00 pm or longer. Some are also open on Sundays between approx. 12 noon and 4.00 pm. Shops generally close early the day before a public holiday.
Sweden has set the pace for modern design the world over. High-quality cutlery, china, sports equipment, textiles, handicrafts, furs, crystal, jewellery, silver, fine glassware, pottery, furniture, quality cars and mobile phones.
Best buys: High-quality glass and crystal are widely available throughout Sweden. For bargains in low-cost “seconds” visit the major glassworks shops, such as Orrefors, Kosta Boda, etc. located in Småland. For ceramics, Nya Höganäs-Keramik, at Höganäs in southern Sweden, offers bargains at up to 40% below normal retail levels.
BANKS / CREDIT CARDS / ATMs:
Monday-Friday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm Thursday 10.00 am – 4.00/5.30 pm. In some cities banks may stay open until 6 pm. All banks are closed at weekends and on public holidays.
Major credit cards (some restrictions apply to American Express) are widely accepted throughout Sweden at restaurants. You can get cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bankomat” or "Uttagsautomat" ATM.
An outstretched hand in Sweden more often welcomes a handshake than a tip. A service charge is automatically included in most Swedish hotel bills. Tipping for special services provided by hotel staff is fine, but is not expected and is simply a matter of personal taste. At restaurants, a service charge is included in the bill, but a small gratuity is expected for evening meals.
Dogs, cats and ferrets who travel within the EU must be identity marked with a microchip. Please observe that chips of ISO-standard must be used in order to avoid bringing your own scanner. Please make sure your animal is identity marked before you proceed with vaccination.
Emergency phone calls Dial 112 for emergency assistance from police, fire brigade, ambulance etc. Emergency calls from pay phones are free of charge.