230 volts, 50Hz. Standard European two-pin plugs are
Swedish is the main language, with Lapp being spoken by
the Sami population in the north. Most Swedes speak and understand
English. Many also speak German and French.
A service charge is included in restaurant bills, but an
additional tip of 7 to 10% is expected for evening meals in Sweden.
Generally customers round off the fare when using a taxi. Tips are
welcome for exceptionally good service in hotels, but are not
Sweden is an extremely safe country to visit. There is some
petty crime during the summer months in the cities where tourists
congregate, but crime is at much lower levels than elsewhere in
Europe. Most visits to Sweden are trouble free.
Swedish culture is very liberal and secular. Despite a
reputation for excess and a love for partying, drunk driving is a
serious crime and public nudity is considered inappropriate
anywhere other than designated nude beaches. Smoking is not allowed
in indoor establishments like restaurants and bars, however many
Swedes partake in snus (snuff). It is polite to remove your shoes
when entering a Swedish home. Equality is an important part of
Swedish culture, and boastfulness and open conflict is usually
avoided. 'Chivalry' is often considered an outdated concept in
Sweden, which is one of the most gender equal countries in the
world, and gestures like opening doors for women are not considered
The country code for Sweden is +46, and the outgoing code is 00
followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK).
City/area codes are in use, e.g. 08 for Stockholm. Public
telephones are available and there is good coverage across the
country for mobile telephones, which use different GSM 900 and 1800
networks. Internet cafes can be found in all the cities and
Travellers to Sweden over 18 years from non-EU countries and
residents who arrive on a commercial flight, from a trip exceeding
20 hours do not have to pay duty on the following items: 200
cigarettes, or 100 cheroots, or 50 cigars, or 250g tobacco, or a
proportional mix of these. 1 litre of spirits with alcohol content
higher than 22%, or 2 litres fortified or sparkling wine, and 2
litres of non-sparkling wine and beer are allowed duty free; other
goods to the value of 1,700kr are also allowed. Prohibited items
include drugs, other than those for medical or scientific purposes;
and potatoes that are grown outside the EU.