Sweden

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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

Density

21,9/km²

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.

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
Useful numbers:
Emergency number: 112