Sweden Travel Guide

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Sweden is situated in Northern Europe on the eastern side of the Scandinavian Peninsula, between the Baltic Sea and Norway. Sweden is a Nordic country, sharing borders with Norway to the northwest, Finland to the northeast, the Gulf of Bothnia to the east, the Baltic Sea to the south, and Kattegat Sound and Skagerrak to the southwest.  Sweden shares maritime borders with several countries in Europe. The Scandinavian Mountains separate Sweden from Norway.


Sweden is a long, narrow country that stretches from the Arctic Circle in the north. Poland and Germany lie to the south of the country, across the Baltic Sea. The Oresund Bridge connects the country to Denmark and Copenhagen. Sweden has a diverse landscape, from dramatic rocky and rugged coastline, deserted islands, sandy beaches, pine forests and pristine Arctic wilderness.

The official language is Swedish although Finnish, Sami and several other minority languages are spoken within communities.  Although Sweden is a member of the European Union the currency is the Swedish krona and not the euro.


Sweden is generally a liberal-minded and tolerant country and also health-conscious with its many health spas and saunas.  It is certainly known for the music that the pop group Abba brought to the world, as well as its filmmakers and screen legends that include Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo and Anita Ekberg.  Sweden is also famous for the Smorgasbord – which is basically a buffet-style selection of small appetiser dishes.  Fresh fish and fish dishes features heavily on menus in Sweden (especially herring and eel), along with the ever-popular traditional meatballs and lingonberry sauce. 


The capital city is the very beautiful Stockholm, set on series of islands.  Other large cities include Malmo, Uppsala and Gothenburg.   Stockholm is a modern, cosmopolitan and buzzing city that has plenty of history and culture.  In the south of the country the city of Malmo is linked to Copenhagen via the Oresund Bridge, which takes about half an hour to cross by train. 


Sweden is a popular winter sports destination, offering skiing, heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, and activities such as ice fishing, ice climbing, snowmobiling, skating and dog sledding.  In the north the spectacular and remote Swedish Lapland offers visitors a chance to meet with the Sami people, reindeer, and to observe the Northern Lights, or in summer the Midnight Sun. 


In summer Sweden is a popular destination for outdoors activities such as mountain biking, backpacking, camping, cycling, rock climbing as well as water sports such as rafting, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, fishing and swimming.   Always check your travel insurance policy to ensure that your planned activities are covered, or not restricted.


Sweden is particularly good for lovers of water sports with its many lakes, rivers, rocky and rugged coastline, and archipelagos of hundreds of small islands   You can choose to rough it and go camping and exploring, or take a cruise or boat trip.  It is also a terrific places for golfers, offering a choice of hundreds of courses.

European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.



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