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The voltage in Sweden is 220V and plugs are standard two-pin continental plugs, so you will probably need an adaptor.

Embassies and consulates

British Embassy –Skarpögatan 6-8, Box 27819, 115 93 Stockholm – t 08 671 3000 – http://ukinsweden.fco.gov.uk/en/

Irish Embassy – Ostermalmsgatan 97, Box 10326, 100 55 Stockholm – t 08 661 8005 – stockholmembassy@dfa.ie


The Scandinavians’ environmental awareness and their determination to protect nature are unmatched. Scandinavians often have very close ties with their natural environment and their desire to maintain its equilibrium is very deep rooted. Their environmental policy is founded both on strict legislation and on the concept of individual responsibility.


Also see Know before you go.


Universal European emergency number: t 112.


Chemists are open at the same times as shops (see Shopping). Many major cities have 24hr chemists.



The currency of Sweden is the Krona (plural kronor) , abbreviated locally to kr, Skr or SEK .

Banks / exchange

Banks are open Monday-Friday from 9.30am to 3pm (5pm on Thursdays) and until 5.30pm in some major cities.

Credit cards and traveller’s cheques

Hotels and restaurants accept most international credit cards. Check with your bank that you can make withdrawals from ATMs.

Traveller’s cheques are accepted in most establishments.

Budget / cost of living

As a general rule, Scandinavian countries have the reputation of being costly.

Hotel accommodation is often very expensive. However, special deals are almost systematic at weekends (Friday night to Sunday evening), on public holidays and in summertime.


Opening times vary depending on the season; open-air museums are only open from June to September.


Post offices are open Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm and from 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Public holidays

1 January

6 January – Epiphany

Good Friday

Easter Monday

1 May

Ascension Day – Moveable feast

6 June – National Holiday and Flag Day

Late June – Midsummer’s Day

1 November – All Saints Day

24, 25 and 26 December


Shops are open Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm and from 9am to 2-4pm on Saturdays.


Calling Sweden from abroad

00 + 46 (country code for Sweden) + area code without the 0 + number of the person.

Calling home from Sweden

00 + country code. For the United Kingdom: 44; for Ireland: 353.

National calls

To call from one region to another (or from a mobile phone), dial the area code with the 0. Within the same region, the area code is not necessary.

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