Quick facts and Sweden travel tips

  • Capital City? Stockholm
  • Currency? Swedish Krona
  • Languages? Swedish
  • Where is this place? Located in Northern Europe
  • What is Sweden famous for? Northern Lights, ABBA, IKEA, and the Swedish meatballs
  • Best time to visit Sweden? All-year-round. But if you want to see the Northern Lights, you should come between September and January.
  • How to get there? You can easily fly to Norway from different destinations around the world. You can also drive a car from Finland and Norway to Sweden or take a cruise from Denmark, Estonia, etc.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? The right-hand side.
  • What type of electric plug do they use? Types C and F. Read this post to know more about travel adapters.
  • Neighboring countries? Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland.

Do you need a visa for Sweden?

In order to enter Sweden, you need to have a valid Schengen visa. If you’re a citizen of the EU group of countries, you can enter Sweden without a visa. However, if you’re a citizen of Canada, the USA, New Zealand, and Australia – you can stay in Schengen areas for 90 days.

Check out our detailed guide on how to apply for a Schengen visa – read it here.

Where to book your flights to Sweden?

Check our handy-dandy guide on how to find the cheapest flights around the world – read it here.

Do you need travel insurance for Sweden?

Remember this: anything can happen! Read our take on why you need travel insurance and how it can save you money when things go unplanned – read it here.

Do you need a visa to enter Sweden?

Speaking of visas for foreign visitors, Sweden is part of the Schengen agreement; thus, you must check if your country of origin (or your citizenship) qualifies for either visa on arrival or if you need a visa prior to your visit.

If you do need a visa, the application and processing can take anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks, hence applying for the visa should be your top priority when it comes to planning your trip.

What should I wear for winter in Sweden?

Winter in Sweden can get really cold; therefore, coming prepared is essential! You can check out our winter jacket guide and as well our winter packing guide to have an idea of what to bring with you!

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to travel to Sweden depends on what your plans are. If you wish to explore the green nature, then you should come when the weather is warm, which occurs from May to September.

However, if you wish to witness the Northern lights, explore the snowy landscape, or experience Sami culture, February to April will be your best time to visit.

That said, summer and winter are the peak season; thus, if you’re planning to visit but do not enjoy crowds, then it is better to come during Autumn and end of winter or the beginning of Spring when there’re fewer tourists.

Hopefully, this list will help you plan your trip to Sweden better! Here are some of the best destinations that will help you plan your itinerary.

What should I see in Sweden?

There are a lot of top-rated attractions in Stockholm you can visit if you visit Sweden. Otherwise, you can go north and see the Northern Lights, ice hotels, and do a lot of winter activities. If you’re coming in summer, make sure to do some forest hikes and lots of outdoor activities!

Where can I see Aurora Borealis in Sweden?

You can head to the Swedish Lapland and Abisko to catch the Aurora Borealis!

What is there to do in Sweden in winter?

There are a lot of things to do in Sweden in winter, and that includes skiing, skating, dog sledding, and catching the Northern Lights!

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