Printable travel guide for Sweden
Travel Guide

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Sweden that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Sverige
Capital: Stockholm
Population: 9 million
Telephone Code: +46
Time Zone: GMT+1
Area: 450,000 km² (174,000 sq. mi.), third largest country in Western Europe
Forests: 53%
Mountains: 17%
Cultivated land: 8%
Lakes and rivers: 9%
Longest north-south distance: 1,574 km (978 mi.)
Longest east-west distance: 499 km (310 mi.)
Language(s): Swedish; recognized minority languages: Sami (Lapp), Finnish, Meänkieli (Tornedalen Finnish), Yiddish, Romani Chib (a Gypsy language).
Ethnic Groups:
Highest Mountain:Kebnekaise 2103m
Parliament: The Riksdag, with 349 members in one chamber.
Religion: 80% belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.
Average life expectancy: men 78 years, women 82 years.
Most important export goods: Electrical and telecom equipment, machinery, passenger cars, paper, pharmaceuticals, iron and steel.
Most important imported goods: Electrical and telecom equipment, machinery, foodstuffs, crude oil, textile products, footwear, passenger cars.
Government: Constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy.
Currency: 1 krona=100 öre
Exchange Rate: US$1= 6,65 SEK (2007-04-21)
Health Risks:No
Electricity:230-240 volt
Weights & Measures: meters & kilo
Country Name in other languages: Sweden, Suède, Schweden, Suecia, Швеции,

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Top 3... 1. Stockholm - Venice of the north, filled with museums, city life and... nature! 2. The island of Gotland - best seen by bike 3. The region of Dalarna - best visited by midsummer, around the 23rd of june - but beautiful all year round. Cycle around the lake Siljan in 3 days!

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away,
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Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

Currency: 1 Krona or 1 SEK 1 USD = 6.94 SEK (070406) 1 EUR = 9.29 SEK (070406) Exchanging: Go to Forex, you will find it in every bigger city or on the internet www.forex.se There is also smaller exchanging places like: Exchanges. Using Credit card is not a problem and the "ATM:s" in Sweden are called "Minuten" or "Bankomat". You can also take out money in normal food stores, but they have a high level of 300-500 SEK. Tipping: you don't have to tip. But if you are sattisfied with your dinner/service then you tip. It's normal that you tip 10%. When you pay, you will always get all the money back. And it's up to you to leave the tip on the table or directly to the staff. Coasts: Big Mac 29 SEK, 1 liter of milk 7,50 SEK, Snickers: 10 SEK Bargaining: Is not common! You can see it in bigger citys, but the are not hot-tempered.

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospitality Club into the category Offtopic Messages.-------------HELPPPPP!!! Hi, I would like to know about the north of Sweden...in WINTER! I plan to go to Kiruna or so in the beginning of January 2006 and I really would appreciate if anyone could tell me what is worth to do and where to go there. I'm happy about any information. Really! Thank you so much in advance. Best wishes, Henrieke

Hospitality Club Meetings

Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Good words to know: (Bra ord att kunna:) Thank you = Tack Yes = Ja No = Nej Good morning = God morgon Good night = God natt What time is it? = Vad är klockan? Hey = Hej I don't speak Swedish = Jag pratar inte svenska I don't understand Swedish= Jag förstår inte svenska Excuse me = Ursäkta 1 = en/ett 2 = två 3 = tre 4 = fyra 5 = fem 6 = sex 7 = sju 8 = åtta 9 = nio 10 = tio Telephone = Telefon Coffee = Kaffe, Tea = Te, Beer = Öl Toilet = Toalett

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

A good link for activites and book hotel is: http://www.stockholmtown.com

Offtopic Messages

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