Facts about Sweden

Sweden is the 5th largest country in Europe in terms of area, the southern part is agricultural land and the northern part is densely forested. Sweden borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark via a bridge and tunnel.

What to see in Sweden?

Geographically, Sweden can be divided into 3 separate regions. Northern Sweden includes the Arctic Circle area also known as Swedish Lapland with natural beauty and the perfect place to see both the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter. Other activities here are hiking, dog sledding and snowmobiling. In particular, the 25-year-old ice hotel is located at Jukkasjarvi 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and is rebuilt every year.

Central Sweden has some interesting and beautiful cities, including the capital Stockholm, which is spread over 14 individual islands. The main attraction is the picturesque old town, Gamla Stan, whose history dates back to the 13th century with cobbled streets and the royal palace. Other interesting cities are the medieval city of Uppsala which is a prosperous university city. Sigtuna also has a medieval character and is the oldest town in the country with its narrow streets and wooden houses.

In southern Sweden are two major cities, Gothenburg and Malmö. Gothenburg is known for its annual cultural festival and Malmö is known for its proximity to Denmark and Copenhagen.


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    Questions and answers

    The language in Sweden?

    What language do you speak in Sweden?

    The official language of Sweden is Swedish. Recognized minority languages ​​in Sweden are Sami, Meänkieli and Finnish.

    How many inhabitants does Sweden have?

    The total population in Sweden is approximately 10,400,000

    What is the capital of Sweden?

    The capital and largest city in Sweden is Stockholm

    When did Sweden join the EU?

    Sweden is a member of the EU, the country was admitted on 1 January 1995

    Is Sweden part of Schengen?

    Sweden has participated in the Schengen cooperation since 25 March 2001

    Is Sweden a member of NATO?

    Sweden is not a member of the NATO alliance

    What time is it in Sweden?

    Sweden has a time zone that is UTC +1. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.

    Can you drink tap water in Sweden?

    There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.

    When is it best to travel to Sweden?

    When is the best time to holiday in Sweden?

    The most popular time to visit Sweden is in the summer. If you are going on a ski holiday in Sweden, the ski season is usually from December to the beginning of March.

    Is it safe to travel in Sweden?

    It is safe to travel in Sweden that has low crime, as long as you take the same precautions as you would in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.

    The only thing you need to take care of is, like all places where there are tourists, pickpockets. Apart from these pickpockets, there is nothing to fear.

    In recent years, there have been a number of problems in the larger cities such as Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, where certain areas in these cities have been characterized by unrest and violence.

    Family holiday with children in Sweden

    If you need to take children on holiday to Sweden, here is a link to experiences for children and families.

    Website – Family vacation – Sweden with kids


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