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Kingdom of Sweden > Details

Country Name
Kingdom of Sweden
Geographical Area
410,335 sq km
Population
9,103,788 (Oct 2014 est.)
Capital City
Stockholm
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People   No official statistics but around 20% of the population have foreign background
Language   Swedish (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
Religion   Lutheran 87%, other (includes Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist) 13%
Government   Constitutional Monarchy
Head of Government   Prime Minister: Stefan Lofven; King Carl XVI Gustaf
Embassy   Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31, SE-115 89 Stockholm Tel : (46) 08 783 53 00
Visas   As a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you may enter Sweden for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
Health Risks   Tick-borne encephalitis can be contracted in coastal areas, especially the Stockholm Archipelago, from spring to autumn.
Clothing Suggestions   SUMMER: June to August – is when the weather is warmest and the days are long and bright. Casual summer clothes, a few medium-weight sweaters, a light jacket or raincoat, and good walking shoes are essential. WINTER: October to mid-April – During winter, keep the cold out by dressing in warm and windproof clothing. An overcoat, hat, gloves and scarf will protect you from much of the cold and wind. SPRING/FALL: Mid-April to June and September to October- The weather in spring and fall can be very varied. Therefore, wearing multiple layers and bringing a coat is recommended. It can also be rainy during Fall. DINING: Informal attire, except for some selected restaurants, which require a jacket and tie for men.
Time Zone:   One hour ahead of GMT/UTC; six hours ahead of U.S. EST.
Banking / Exchange   Exchange shops are centrally located at various cities in Sweden and may also be found at major airports. The easiest and best way to get cash is from an ATM. Bank opening hours vary but are usually from 10am to 3pm Monday-Friday (on Thursdays until 4/5:30pm)
Currency   Swedish krona (SEK)
Electric Current   Metric
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops (some restriction may apply to American Express). TRAVELERS CHECKS: Traveler’s checks are widely accepted throughout Sweden.
Shopping   General Trade Stores Shopping Hours Mon to Friday: 9:30am –6pm Sat: 9:30am-2/4pm Sun: closed You’ll find “hemslöjd” (handicrafts) shops everywhere in Sweden where you can buy traditional handicrafts like knitwear, needlework and woodcarvings. Other popular items include high-quality cutlery, china, textiles, furs, crystal, jewelry, silver, fine glassware, and pottery.
Weights & measures  
How to shop Tax Fee   1. Shop in any of the stores that display a TAX-FREE FOR TOURISTS window sticker and ask for a Tax-Free Shopping Form. With this form you can later claim your VAT(Value Added Tax) Refund. The VAT is included in the selling price. 2. Present your Tax Free Shopping Form and the purchased goods to customs prior to departure and have the tax refund form stamped. 3. Return your completed, customs stamped form to Tax Free Worldwide–Sweden by posting them in your pre-paid return envelope.
National Airport   Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport (ARN)
Major Tourist Attractions   Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, Visby
Tipping Suggestion   At restaurants, a service charge is included in the bill, but a small gratuity is expected for evening meals. Taxi drivers should be given a few extra kronor.
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