INTRODUCTION: the Kingdom of Sweden (Konungariket Sverige) is an independent state in Northern Europe, situated in the East part of the Scandinavian peninsula. Modernity, dream landscapes and uncontaminated nature make Sweden a worthy tourist destination, and a trip to these latitudes is favoured today by a devaluation of the currency.
Capital: Stockholm (765 044 in 2004)
Surface: 449.964 km²
Population: 9.082.995 in 2007
Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
1 Euro = 10.23 SEK
1 SEK = 0.098 Euro
Time zone: UTC +1, UTC+2 when winter time applies
Language: Swedish, English is widely spoken.
Religion: Protestant Lutheran and Catholic
Entry requirements: neither passport nor visa is required for European citizens of the Member States. A valid identity card is sufficient. Most of the European driving licenses are accepted.
Travelling with pets: small sized pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with animal passport (in force since 2004) and must have done all due vaccinations. For more info consult the website of the Ministry of Agriculture: www.sjv.se
Health and safety: both private and public health structures are excellent, and medicaments are easily available, although the majority of these are sold upon medical prescription issued by a Swedish doctor.
No vaccination is required. Be careful to ticks when visiting woods and lawns during the summer. It is advisable to bring the magnetic card for health assistance.
General safety is good.
Climate: considering the extension and the particular shape of the Swedish territory, there are some climate differences in the Country, ranging from chilly and temperate to cold. Sweden is warmed up by the Gulf stream, nonetheless the northern part is situated above the polar circle. In this area the average temperatures remain below 0°. Winter is the most varied season. Rainfalls (mostly snowfalls) are pretty scarce.
Form of government: parliamentary monarchy
King : Carl XVI Gustaf
Prime Minister: Fredrik Reinfeldt
Economy: Sweden is one of the 20 world economic powers, thanks to its considerable natural resources, from mineral fields to woods and hydroelectric energy. The main sectors are electronic, pharmaceutical and biotechnologies.
The southern part of the Country is the most suitable for cultivations. Here we find wheat, barley, oats and potatoes plantations.
Tourism is in constant growth and it is mainly concentrated in the capital, in the southern part and in the region of the great lakes.
Electricity: Voltage: 220V - Frequency: 50 Hz. Plugs are generally of standard type. It is advisable to bring an adapter.
Post offices, banks and communications: post offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 18 pm. Some stay open also on Saturday until 13 pm. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 15.
Mobile phone covering is excellent.
Country code: 0046
Emergency number: 112