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Welcome to Sweden

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

The Kingdom of Sweden lies in Scandinavia, between Norway and Finland. The Baltic Sea lies to the east. The country is divided into three regions. 
Norrland is the sparsely populated northern territory that contains so much beautiful, unspoilt wilderness. Svealand is the central portion of the country and contains the capital, Stockholm. Gotaland is the region of southern provinces, where major cities such as Gothenburg and Malmo are located. 
One of Earth's most peaceful countries, Sweden has not been involved in a war since 1814, a fact guaranteed to give you peace of mind when you use JiveHippo to book your Sweden holiday. 
Sweden is renowned for both its stunning natural beauty and a natural sense of style in which simple lines and clever minimalist designs abound. For anyone interested in history, the past is an almost tangible thing in Sweden. Everywhere you will see ancient rune stones, walled medieval cities, burial mounds and fortresses that speak eloquently of the Viking past. 
 
Sweden embraces its heritage of culture and the arts and throughout the country you can find events, museums, galleries, concert venues and important historical sites. One of the world's finest collections of 20th and 21st century art can be found at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Here, too, is the open air Skansen museum, established in 1891, where you can walk around five centuries of Swedish history throughout carefully preserved buildings, encountering people dressed in period costume. 
Nearby is the Vasa Museum, purpose built to house an entire ship raised from Lake Malaren. If you like Swedish movies the Filmstaden studios, just outside Stockholm, are open to the public. Stieg Larsson fans will want to take the Millennium Tour. While in the capital, don't miss the huge, baroque Royal Palace and one of the best preserved medieval city centres found anywhere, where the cathedral can be found. Lastly, music fans should not miss the ABBA Museum, which has the full backing of the group, and much material on loan from their personal archives.
Gothenburg, too, is rich in culture. The opera house, art museum and museum of world culture are all essential places to visit. The classic art deco concert hall is the home of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and attending a classical music performance here is a must. Malmo offers the City museum, housed in the oldest remaining Renaissance castle in Scandinavia, and the Museum of Technology, which has fine collections of art, folklore and natural history. 
Many visitors come to Sweden for the natural beauty. Hiking, camping, cycling, foraging, fishing, cycling, skiing and boating are all popular pastimes in Sweden, so why not try a trek along a picturesque trail in the northern wilderness or taking a cruise out to one of the tens of thousands of remote islands along the coast? 
The country has 29 national parks covering a total area of 731, 589, of which around 90% is mountain terrain. Sarek has more than a hundred glaciers and Stora Sjofallet is noted for alpine peaks and deep forests. Fulufjallet National park is a nature haven where you can see the world's oldest tree. 
Adventure and sports activities in Sweden are plentiful, including archipelago kayaking, frozen lake kite winging, white water rafting, ice climbing, heli-skiing and forest zip lining. Here are some of Europe's best golf courses, located in the southern provinces of Halland and Skane. In the winter you can enjoy skiing, ice-skating and a host of other winter sports. 
A wonderful way to link up with the traditional Sweden is to head north into Swedish Lappland to meet the Sami people, the original Swedes, whose timeless nomadic lifestyle is built around the herding of reindeer. To truly acquire the fell of this part of the world you could spend a night in a Sami reindeer camp or enjoy a tour by dogsled. There are also fascinating Sami wood or leather crafts, which make excellent souvenirs. 
Families with kids will love Liseberg. There's one of the best amusement parks in northern Europe. The AtmosFear ride is the tallest free fall attraction in Europe, subjecting you to a g-force of 4 and a 110kp/h fall! 
When eating in Sweden it's a good idea to try the delicious meatballs for which the country is renowned. Also worth sampling is pickled herring, blodpudding (a kind of blood sausage), kroppkakor (dried pork stuffed potato dumplings), ost (hard cheese) and falukorv sausage. 
Sweden embraces its heritage of culture and the arts and throughout the country you can find events, museums, galleries, concert venues and important historical sites. One of the world's finest collections of 20th and 21st century art can be found at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Here, too, is the open air Skansen museum, established in 1891, where you can walk around five centuries of Swedish history throughout carefully preserved buildings, encountering people dressed in period costume. 
Nearby is the Vasa Museum, purpose built to house an entire ship raised from Lake Malaren. If you like Swedish movies the Filmstaden studios, just outside Stockholm, are open to the public. Stieg Larsson fans will want to take the Millennium Tour. While in the capital, don't miss the huge, baroque Royal Palace and one of the best preserved medieval city centres found anywhere, where the cathedral can be found. Lastly, music fans should not miss the ABBA Museum, which has the full backing of the group, and much material on loan from their personal archives.
Gothenburg, too, is rich in culture. The opera house, art museum and museum of world culture are all essential places to visit. The classic art deco concert hall is the home of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and attending a classical music performance here is a must. Malmo offers the City museum, housed in the oldest remaining Renaissance castle in Scandinavia, and the Museum of Technology, which has fine collections of art, folklore and natural history. 
Many visitors come to Sweden for the natural beauty. Hiking, camping, cycling, foraging, fishing, cycling, skiing and boating are all popular pastimes in Sweden, so why not try a trek along a picturesque trail in the northern wilderness or taking a cruise out to one of the tens of thousands of remote islands along the coast? 
The country has 29 national parks covering a total area of 731, 589, of which around 90% is mountain terrain. Sarek has more than a hundred glaciers and Stora Sjofallet is noted for alpine peaks and deep forests. Fulufjallet National park is a nature haven where you can see the world's oldest tree. 
Adventure and sports activities in Sweden are plentiful, including archipelago kayaking, frozen lake kite winging, white water rafting, ice climbing, heli-skiing and forest zip lining. Here are some of Europe's best golf courses, located in the southern provinces of Halland and Skane. In the winter you can enjoy skiing, ice-skating and a host of other winter sports. 
A wonderful way to link up with the traditional Sweden is to head north into Swedish Lappland to meet the Sami people, the original Swedes, whose timeless nomadic lifestyle is built around the herding of reindeer. To truly acquire the fell of this part of the world you could spend a night in a Sami reindeer camp or enjoy a tour by dogsled. There are also fascinating Sami wood or leather crafts, which make excellent souvenirs. 
Families with kids will love Liseberg. There's one of the best amusement parks in northern Europe. The AtmosFear ride is the tallest free fall attraction in Europe, subjecting you to a g-force of 4 and a 110kp/h fall! 
When eating in Sweden it's a good idea to try the delicious meatballs for which the country is renowned. Also worth sampling is pickled herring, blodpudding (a kind of blood sausage), kroppkakor (dried pork stuffed potato dumplings), ost (hard cheese) and falukorv sausage. 

Climate

Sweden enjoys a predominantly temperate climate despite its northern latitude, thanks to the Gulf Stream. In the south winter is usually mild, having an average temperature 0C/32F degrees. The country's proximity to the Arctic Circle means that summer temperatures are seldom extreme and the levels of humidity are not high.

Getting Around

The Swedish public transport is heavily subsidised and well organised. All timetables are available to see online and you can use one ticket for both the buses and the trains.

The train system is extensive and reliable, yet not always as cheap as the buses.

The bus networks are extensive and of good value. You can buy daily or weekly passes from any local transport office.

Health

Before leaving the UK you should get your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

This card can be used to get state provided medical treatment if you need it on your trip.

If you do not have your EHIC, then be sure to show your travel insurance and accessible funds that can cover the costs of any treatment that you may need.

Language

Swedish is the dominant language and, while Swedes do appreciate attempts to address them in their own language, around 89% of the population can speak English.

Money

The monetary unit of Sweden is the krona, which equals 100 ore. Bank notes are issued in 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1, 000 kronor values, and coins in values of 1, 5 and 10 kronor. There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency that can be taken into Sweden.

Safety

Crime lever are low in Sweden, although there are reports of petty and violent crime.

Pickpocketing is mainly a problem in the major cities and tourists can be targeted for their passports and cash.

If you are traveling to Sweden in the winter, you will need to be aware of its harsh weather conditions.Snow and ice on the roads daily causes daily accidents, whether it be in your car or walking.

Time

Sweden are under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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