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Familiarize yourself with Travel Guard’s most important travel tips and safety information to make sure you’re prepared for your vacation to Sweden.
From the Scandinavian architecture of Stockholm to the gorgeous countryside views, travelers will enjoy all Sweden has to offer. Whether you’re hoping to learn about the history of the country through its famous sites like the Vasa Museum, which contains the world’s only preserved 17th century ship, or to gaze at the northern lights in the Swedish Lapland, you’re certain to have an incredible vacation in Sweden. Wherever you hope to spend your time in Sweden, Travel Guard can help you plan.
Having a travel insurance plan is not a requirement for entry to Sweden. However, it’s highly recommended as many U.S. health insurance plans may not have coverage for international travel. For this reason, we suggest a travel insurance plan with medical expense coverage.
Travel Guard has comprehensive travel insurance plans to help protect your trip to Sweden. Since Sweden can be an expensive destination to visit, you may want to protect your travel investment with our Deluxe Plan. This plan offers our highest benefit limits and has the most coverages included like medical expense coverage, trip cancellation and delay, baggage coverage and more. If planning on some extreme activities, such as mountain climbing, you may consider our optional Adventure Sports bundle to give you coverage while you explore the country.
Typically, a travel insurance plan costs between 5-7% of the total cost of your trip. Several factors come into play when pricing your plan, such as the product you select and the number of travelers in your party. For more details on pricing, check out our article on how much travel insurance costs.
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To ensure travelers to the Sweden are as safe and informed as possible, Travel Guard compiled some popular questions asked by tourists visiting the country.
For the latest information related to COVID-19 travel requirements for Sweden, please visit the official U.S. Embassy site.
Sweden is an overall safe country to visit. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, is relatively common in major cities. Keep your belongings secure and stay aware in crowded areas, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs, at concerts and festivals, near tourist sites and at restaurants. Violent crimes, such as assault, are a greater risk at bars and other nightlife establishments. Stay aware of your surroundings in these locations and don’t leave food or drinks unattended.
Sweden has experienced an increase in gang activity in large cities in recent years. Shootings, bombings and other attacks do not generally involve travelers, but these incidents can pose risks to visitors who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Radical activity, including the burning of religious texts, has increased in Sweden. Some of these incidents have prompted protests, and authorities have also expressed concerns that terrorist groups may target the country. Travelers are advised to listen to local authorities, monitor local news reports and stay aware of their surroundings, especially in crowded areas.
Visit the U.S. Department of State website for up-to-date information on travel advisory levels and safety information for travelers to the Sweden.
All U.S. travelers should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service offered to U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad. Enrolling in this program allows you to receive important information from the embassy as well as helps the embassy contact you in an emergency.
The official currency in Sweden is the krona SEK. Travelers can exchange currency before their departure at most U.S. banks or a currency kiosk in the airport. Most major cities will have currency exchange available. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted but be sure to inform your bank of your travels to avoid interruption. We recommend carrying a small amount of cash in case you visit a small or local market where cards may not be accepted.
The official language of Sweden is Swedish, also known as Svenska, and it is the primary language of its residents. Finnish, Romani, Yiddish, Meänkieli and Sámi languages have been declared as the country’s minority languages. While English is widely spoken throughout Sweden, it’s best to learn common phrases and sayings to ensure you can understand signage and ask essential questions.
We recommend downloading a translation app that works offline to best avoid confusion.
Visas are not required for U.S. citizens who are traveling less than 90 days and have a passport valid for three months after the time of your stay as well as space for entry and exit stamps.
For the latest information regarding visas and passports for Sweden travel, please visit the State Department’s Sweden country information page.
The U.S. Embassy in Sweden is in Stockholm. Visit the official U.S. Embassy government website for a list of up-to-date phone numbers and addresses.
Sweden is one of the largest countries in Europe and therefore has a variety of year-round climates depending on where in the country you visit. It has frigid winters, especially in the area above the artic circle, with warmer summer temperatures. In general, the Gulf Stream helps regulate the country’s temperatures so there’s a high chance of ideal weather when visiting in the spring or summer. If traveling in the summer, be sure to wear layers and consider bringing an umbrella as the rainy season happens towards the end of the season.
The best time of year to visit the country will depend on what you’re hoping to experience. If you’re hoping to see the Northern Lights, you’ll want to visit the Swedish Lapland from late September to early March, with January having the most popular views of the Aurora Borealis. Around the same time, from October to early November, tourists can view the Lights in Alingsås where students and designers work together to creature unique light sculptures.
If you’re hoping to avoid winter weather, consider visiting in June for the Sweden Rock Festival or August to experience Eds Countryfest, Sweden’s largest country festival. Additionally, tourists can enjoy Lollapalooza Stockholm towards the beginning of July.
Sweden’s dial code is +46, which is used to call landlines and mobile phones in the country. Remember to use the exit code of +11 when placing international calls from the U.S. and include the area code of the city or town you’re calling. Remember when calling internationally, landlines are typically more affordable than connecting to a cell phone so be sure to contact your phone provider for cost estimates and to let them know of your travel plans to best avoid unwanted interruption during your trip.
Sweden uses a different voltage type than the U.S., because of this we recommend bringing a transformer to convert the correct amount of voltage to your devices. Furthermore, Sweden uses a different prong type, which means you will also need a travel adaptor to ensure you can charge and use your devices as normal.
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Before traveling with your dog, you’ll need to meet Sweden’s travel requirements. Visit the USDA government website for the latest information. Be sure to confirm your lodging and airline’s guidelines on pets.
Traveling by train is a great way to explore Sweden as there are rails that take you across the entire country. Remember to buy your tickets in advance as they are not available to purchase once you board.
Tourists can travel from Sweden to Demark and vice versa quite easily as there are bus, plane and train options that allow for easy traveling. Travel by bus can take around nine hours while train travel is just around five hours. However, if you don’t mind flying on vacation, the plane ride is a short one-hour flight.
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