The Swedish Krona has been the currency of Sweden since 1873. It is issued by the Swedish central bank, Sveriges Riksbank. In English, the currency is sometimes referred to as the Swedish crown (Krona means crown in Swedish).
One Krona is subdivided into 100 öre. However, all öre coins were discontinued as of September 30, 2010. Goods are still priced in öre, but when paying with cash all sums are rounded to the nearest Krona.
Coins currently in circulation are 1 Krona, and 5 and 10 Kronor. Banknotes are in denominations of 20, 50, 100, and 500 Kronor.
All power sockets in Stockholm provide a standard voltage of 230V with a standard frequency of 50Hz.
You can use all your equipment in Stockholm if the outlet voltage in your own country is between 220V-240V. This is the case in most of Europe, Australia, the United Kingdom and most countries in Africa and Asia.
When you travel to Sweden you may bring in prescription drugs, but only if you intend to use them for a medical reason and it is for personal use. You are also allowed to bring medicine for pets that are travelling with you, if it has been prescribed by a veterinary surgeon.
A travellers allowance (personal use only) for prescription drugs that are not classified as narcotics:
- From a country outside the European Economic Area, EEA you may bring in the equivalent of three months’ use.
- From another country within the EEA you may bring in the equivalent of one year’s use.
(European Economic Area consists of the 27 EU countries, and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.)
A travellers allowance (personal use only) for medicines that are classified as narcotics:
- If the drugs are listed in the Medical Products Agency´s list II or III you may bring in the equivalent of five days use each time you enter Sweden.
- If the drugs are listed in the Medical Products Agency´s list IV or V you may bring in the equivalent of three weeks use. If the traveller is a foreign resident and is in Sweden only temporarily, he may bring in enough for the duration of his stay in Sweden up to a maximum of three months.
Stockholm Airport, known as Stockholm Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN, ICAO: ESSA), is an international airport located 37 kilometers (23 miles) north of Stockholm city centre, nearby the town of Märsta, and about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south-east from Uppsala.
Taking the train is often the best way to reach Stockholm, especially if passengers are coming from Oslo, Gothenburg, Malmo, or Copenhagen. The city benefits from efficient, high-speed rail links to most Scandinavian cities, and connections from Berlin, Hamburg, or Amsterdam can also make sense if travelers aren’t in a hurry. Trains in Sweden tend to be very comfortable and roomy, with onboard services and reliable schedules. Stockholm C is one of the best-connected stations in Europe. Transferring to any part of the city is simple – and easier than arriving by air or bus. Finally, trains aren’t usually expensive. They tend to compete well with flights over medium-range distances.
In order to visit Sweden, you may need an entry visa. A visa is a permit to travel to and stay in a country for a limited period. Citizens of a non-EU country may need a visa to visit Sweden.
The Schengen Cooperation
Sweden is member of the Schengen Cooperation. The Schengen Cooperation allows those who have a visa to travel to Sweden also to travel to the other member countries. The countries that form part of the Schengen Cooperation are often referred to as Schengen countries.
Citizens from the following countries/territories require a visa when entering Sweden, check the list.
The Stockholm public transport system (SL) consists of about 450 bus lines, three shuttle boat lines, metro stretching over a distance of 100 kilometers, in addition to other trams and local trains. Every day, almost 800,000 people travel by public transport in the region of Stockholm.
Stockholm’s taxis are expensive, with 10 kilometers, or 6-mile journeys costing upward of $38. It’s always a good idea to get a price estimate before getting inside (check the price on the car’s yellow-and-white label, which is usually on the rear door window), and make sure your taxi has a yellow license plate – meaning it’s an authorized cab. Taxis without the yellow plates are unauthorized, illegal and considered dangerous. Stay away from svarttaxis in particular and stick to well-known companies like Taxi Stockholm and Taxi 020. You can call ahead for pickup or easily hail one on the street. Your hotel concierge can also help you hail a cab. Uber also operates in Stockholm.
When the weather is nice, try to take advantage of the many bike paths and lanes that snake through the city. Rental companies are scattered throughout, with most bikes costing 250 kroner (about $30) a day. One of the more popular neighborhoods to explore via bike is Djurgården, which is conveniently home to some of the city’s most popular activities. Check the Visit Stockholm website to learn more about your biking options in the city.
Ferries service the archipelago’s main locations, including the Djurgården and Hammarby Sjöstad islands, providing a scenic alternative to the bus. The boats run year-round and admission to ferries between Slussen (right next to Gamla Stan) and Djurgården are included if you purchase a travel card. Otherwise, tickets to the ferries can be purchased at the quay.