Sweden: detailed travel guide

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Sweden: detailed travel guide

The Kingdom of Sweden is a state in Northern Europe, located on the Scandinavian Peninsula, the Baltic Sea islands and the Kattegat and Skagerrak straits. Bordered by Norway, Finland, the bridge over the Øresund Strait connects Sweden with Denmark. The capital of the kingdom is Stockholm.

Most of the population of Sweden is Swedes and indigenous peoples (Sami, Finns, Swedish Roma). The state structure of Sweden is a constitutional monarchy. The head of state is the king, who inherits his title. The government is headed by the Prime Minister, elected by the unicameral parliament, the Riksdag.

In terms of the level and quality of life, the Kingdom of Sweden is one of the first places in the world. The popularization of the country is to some extent promoted by world-renowned companies – Alfa Laval, Volvo, Volvo Truck, IKEA, Saab, Scania, Ericsson, TELE2, Electrolux.

How to get to Sweden

Air traffic

A direct SAS flight will be cheaper, but if necessary, you can choose one of the connecting routes of any European airline that often offer discounts on flights with connections at their home airports: LOT (Warsaw), airBaltic (Riga), Estonian Air (Tallinn), Air France (Paris), Czech Airlines (Prague), Lufthansa (Frankfurt am Main), Austrian Airlines (Vienna) and Finnair (Helsinki).

Cities and regions

Administrative division

Historically and geographically, Sweden is divided into three lands: Gotaland, Svealand and Norrland. Until 1634, each of the lands was divided into provinces or landscaps, and then into fiefs, or districts. Today the kingdom includes 21 flax:

  1. Blekinge – Karlskrona
  2. Värmland – Karlstad
  3. Vestmanland – Westeros
  4. Västerbotten – Umeå
  5. Westernorrland – Harnosand
  6. Vastra Gotaland – Gothenburg
  7. Gotland – Visby
  8. Dalarna – Falun
  9. Gavleborg – Gavle
  10. Jämtland – Ostersund
  11. Jönköping – Jönköping
  12. Squid – Kalmar
  13. Kronoberg – Wenschö
  14. Skane – Malmo
  15. Norrbotten – Luleå
  16. Södermanland – Nyköping
  17. Stockholm – Stockholm
  18. Uppsala – Uppsala
  19. Halland – Halmstad
  20. Orebro – Orebro
  21. Estergötland – Linkoping

The largest modern cities in Sweden include Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Country regions

Northern Sweden

Northern Sweden

Northern Sweden

The territory of elevated northern Sweden is made up of three vertical belts. The upper belt includes the eastern part of the Scandinavian Highlands, abounding in deep valleys and elongated narrow lakes. The middle belt covers the Norrland Plateau, where ore deposits are concentrated, as well as the bulk of the kingdom’s forest resources. The lower belt – the plains along the western coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, a zone of marine sediments.

Northern Sweden is characterized by mountain peaks and endless pine forests. The hilly east coast with small islets and rocky cliffs, as well as Swedish Lapland, one of the last European wild reserves, appears to travelers.

There are legendary national parks in Sweden, the most famous of which are Abisko and Sarek. Northern Sweden is the native land of the Sami, local people since ancient times. Their unique traditions and perennial culture are still maintained and thriving today.

Wild animals and birds in Northern Sweden are inhabited by bears, moose, wolverines, golden eagles. It is here that travelers from all over the world come to see the northern lights.

Central Sweden

Central Sweden

Central Sweden

Central Sweden is the heart of the country with its striking natural beauty. The crown jewel of the region is Stockholm, a breathtakingly beautiful capital city that plays a leading role in the cultural and political life of Sweden. It is spread over 14 islands, each of which gives the city its own character and offers great shopping opportunities, excellent cuisine and almost anything you could possibly need.

In the northern part of the region is the Great Copper Mine in Falun, a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site. The riches found and obtained in it about three hundred years ago helped Sweden to become one of the most powerful powers in Europe. Falun is also the birthplace of the famous brightly colored Dal Carlian toy horses; the famous Swedish artist Karl Larsson also lived there, whose house is open to visitors. You can rent a summer cottage by the lake, take a day trip to the Stockholm archipelago, or visit one of the many palaces, castles and mansions.

Southern Sweden

Southern Sweden

Southern Sweden

Southern Sweden is characterized by a high population density (about 80% of the total population of the country) and a high concentration of industrial areas and agricultural land. The southern part consists of the plains of Middle Sweden, the Småland plateau and the plains of the Skåne peninsula.

The topography of the fertile plains of Middle Sweden is formed mainly by marine sediments. The lands of the plains are used by local people as pastures and arable lands. Four large navigable lakes – Venern, Vettern, Elmaren and Mälaren – are connected by rivers and canals into a single water system.

The relief and vegetation of the Småland Plateau is similar to that of the Norrland Plateau. Huge areas of this region are occupied by peat bogs, the soils are practically unsuitable for agriculture, pine and spruce forests grow on them.

Skåne, the southernmost and most picturesque part of Sweden, consists of plowed plains, the soils of which are very fertile, easy to cultivate and give high yields. In the distant past, the plains were dominated by dense forests of maple, beech, oak, ash and other broad-leaved species.

What to see in Sweden

The Kingdom of Sweden is rich in both natural and cultural and historical sights, the variety of which attracts more and more tourists. The country, part of which is located beyond the Arctic Circle, where the harsh tundra of Lapland is frozen, will surprise you with the picturesque fertile fields of the south, mesmerizingly beautiful lake valleys, wooded rocks and soft green hills. In Sweden, everyone will find what they like: visiting national parks scattered throughout the kingdom, skiing, traveling in the Stockholm or Western archipelago by yacht or ferry, sightseeing tours, extraordinary fishing or horseback riding across the country … A convinced urbanist, who does not leave the city limits, and a romantic tourist, ready to spend his whole life in the lap of nature, will be satisfied with the rest in the kingdom.

Stockholm

Exhibition in Stockholm

Exhibition in Stockholm

The most popular city in Sweden, where most of the tourists from all over the world come to, is Stockholm, the capital of the kingdom, located on fourteen islands-districts of the Stockholm archipelago, connected by bridges. Museums and palaces, castles and churches, as well as breathtaking panoramas of the city await guests of the capital. The oldest island is the Gamla Stan (Old Town) district, where Stockholm began. The following capital sights of Sweden are located on it: the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Nicholas, which served as the site of the coronation of Swedish monarchs since the 15th century, Stortorget Square, where they traded as successfully as they were executed, as well as the German Church, the Hall of Knighthood, the Nobel Museum and the Armory Ward. This is only a small part of the city’s architectural and cultural values. Walking around the islands, you will definitely visit the world’s first ethnographic open-air museum Skansen, see the world’s only surviving 17th century ship Vasa and visit the fairy-tale characters in Junibakken. And this is just a small part of Stockholm’s museums and attractions.

Gothenburg

The second largest city in the kingdom – Gothenburg, located on the western coast of Sweden, will open the Western Archipelago to you. It is in Gothenburg that the largest amusement park in Scandinavia “Liseberg” is located. The Gothenburg Museum of Art houses a collection of late 19th century Scandinavian national-romantic art, as well as many of the key works of artists such as Munch, Zorn, Kruye and Karl Larsson. The Hasselblad Center is located in the museum building, where photography exhibitions are held. Nearby is the Museum of Design and Applied Arts, which provides visitors with Sweden’s most comprehensive collection of contemporary Swedish design. New museums of the city – the Museum of Scientific Discovery and Technology “Universaum” and the Museum of World Culture. One of the most remarkable and main attractions in Gothenburg is the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, which is the leading botanical garden in Northern Europe.

Malmo

The third largest city – Malmö – connects the Kingdom of Sweden with Denmark: just twenty minutes on the Oresund Bridge – and you are already in Copenhagen. Visitors to Malmö are strongly advised to visit all of the parks, beaches and seaside boulevards in this cozy town and enjoy Swedish cuisine in one of the many restaurants. The most famous parks in Malmö are Slottsparken (Palace Park), opened in 1900, its elder neighbor Kungsparken Park (King’s Park), Pildammsparken Park, which houses the Queen Sylvia Rose Garden, the Garden of Senses, Flower Avenue of the Crown Princess Margaretha, many “garden rooms” and the park Tradgordsplatten (Garden palette).

Traveling to cities in Sweden, visit Vandsten with a peek at Schlott Castle and the former royal residence of Bjalbottens Palats. In the medieval port town of Visby on the island of Gotland, see the remains of medieval fortifications and the Gotland Fornsal Historical Museum. The island of Erland is home to Fort Greborg, Borgholm Castle and Eketop Open Air Museum.

Swedish Lapland

The unique wild nature reserve Swedish Lapland is the land of the “midnight sun” and the northern lights. The union of the four national parks of western Lapland. Laponia, part of Lapland, is the center of Sami culture, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can book an excursion around Laponia, during which you will be introduced to the traditional Sami culture, at one of the travel companies in the cities of Jallivare, Jokmokk, Porjus and Saltuluokta.

“Midnight Sun”

The midnight sun’s 100 summer nights are more than three months of daylight with no signs of night. During this period, the sun does not descend beyond the horizon, and an observer looking directly to the north sees the star in front of him. During this period, the sense of time, erasing the border between day and night, is absolutely dulled, you find yourself in the infinity of a magical landscape illuminated by the midnight sun. Summer Lapland gives tourists a versatile palette of sensations: aesthetic enjoyment of the pictures of nature is combined with a fall into timelessness.

“Northern Lights”

Those who missed the opportunity to admire the “midnight sun” and decide to travel to Lapland in winter will be rewarded with a more exciting sight. During the winter months, Lapland plunges into the darkness of the polar night, which is famous for the mesmerizing aurora borealis dancing against the deep purple polar sky. The aurora borealis results from the interaction of the earth’s magnetic field and electrically charged particles accelerated by the solar wind. Auroras are best seen at the earth’s magnetic poles against the background of the night sky, which serves as a kind of “screen” for this amazing phenomenon. Locals and guides will tell you the ancient myths and legends generated by this amazing phenomenon. For example, the Finns believed that the radiance is the spark of the fur of huge fiery foxes. If you want to admire this unusual natural phenomenon, you should head to Lapland in the middle of winter.

Getting around the country

Car traffic

Highway in Sweden

Highway in Sweden

The extensive road network of the Kingdom of Sweden allows you to cross the entire country from north to south. Traveling on the roads of the country is free, with the exception of the Oresund bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark. Traffic jams on the country’s roads are quite rare, the road surface is in excellent condition, and the road sign system is easy to understand.

If you want to rent a car, contact one of the car companies that have offices in all major airports and cities. Driving in Sweden is allowed for persons over 18 years of age with a driver’s license. Once behind the wheel, do not forget a few simple rules: all passengers, even those sitting in the back seat, must wear seat belts, speed limits are from 110 km / h on the motorway, 70 km / h on other roads outside cities and from 30 to 50 km / h – within the boundaries of settlements, drinking alcohol while driving is strictly prohibited. Also keep in mind that the Swedish road traffic regulations stipulate the use of low beam 24 hours a day. Credit card payments are available at petrol stations. Since 1967, traffic in Sweden has been on the right.

Rent of minibuses and minibuses

Caravanhallen i Haninge AB
Tel .: +46 8 741 31 00, fax: +46 8 745 22 77
haninge@caravanhallen.com, www.caravanhallen.com

LMC Center
Produktv 18
SE 246 43 Lödde Köpinge
Tel .: + 46-46-727262
Fax: + 46-40-181850

Domestic flights

Traveling between cities by plane will save you the hassle of waiting for flights at the airport, as Sweden’s domestic flight system provides flights to major cities and tourist centers several times a day, and flights between cities take less than an hour.

Railway connection

Traveling in Sweden by train is as comfortable as traveling by air: you have the most modern European trains with first and second class carriages and berths for long distance travel.

Booking tickets outside Sweden
Sweden Booking, www.swedenbooking.com
Tel .: + 46 498 20 33 80
Fax: + 46 498 20 33 91

Railway operators
SJ AB (Swedish State Railways)
SE-105 50 Stockholm
Tel .: +46 8 762 20 00
Fax: +46 8 762 24 24
info@sj.se, www.sj.se

CONNEX AB
Comfortable trains from Stockholm to Gothenburg, Kiruna, Luleå, Umeå, Sundsvall.
Tel .: + 46-771-26 00 00
kundtjans@tag.connex.se, www.connex.se

Inlandsbanan AB
Box 561
SE-831 27 Östersund
Tel .: +46 63 19 44 00, fax +46 63 19 44 06
info@inlandsbanan.se, www.inlandsbanan.se

Linx AB. It is jointly owned by the Swedish State Railways (SJ) and the Norwegian Railways (NSB). The Interscandinavian organization unites Oslo and Gothenburg, as well as Malmö and Copenhagen. The company has routes between Oslo and Stockholm.

Box 249
SE-401 24 Göteborg
Tel .: +46 31 10 49 51
Fax: +46 31 10 49 93
E-mail: kundservice@linx.se

Railway tickets

Øresund Card

By purchasing the Øresund Card at the Malmö Visitor Center, tourists have the opportunity to travel by ferries and trains on both sides of the strait with one ticket. Also, cardholders are given a significant discount on entry to many attractions.

Swedish railway pass

The railway pass entitles you to unlimited travel for 3–8 days a month. Two children under the age of 16 are entitled to travel for free with one adult. The pass does not include bed reservations.

Euro Domino Sweden

Euro Domino also entitles you to unlimited travel for 3-8 days a month. Discounts for children, students and seniors. Euro Domino does not include bed reservations in its price.

Scandinavian railway pass

The Scandinavian ScanRail Pass gives you unlimited travel on trains in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Children under four travel free of charge. Children aged 4-11 receive a 50% discount. You can also get a discount on some ferries with the pass.

Bus service

A rather inexpensive and convenient means of transportation around the country is a bus. The bus network is established between the main cities and towns.

Swebus Express (www.swebusexpress.se) is Sweden’s largest bus operator with over three hundred different routes all over the country. Children under 6 years old can travel for free when accompanied by an adult. Persons under 25, students with a valid student card (CSN, SFS or ISIC), and retirees receive a 20% discount on the ticket.
For more information, please call + 46-8-50 30 94 00.

Tourist buses

As in any cultural and developed European country, Sweden has a well-developed bus tour system. Eurolines (www.eurolines.se) is the leader in the European coach bus market. The company has 27 routes in Sweden.

Taxi

The kingdom has a large number of large and small transport companies that provide taxi services. Depending on your location, you can call and order a taxi or stop it on the street. There is no uniform rate for taxi services in Sweden. Some companies fix the cost of transporting passengers, but it may depend on the time of day or on the day of the week. Therefore, it is recommended to inquire in advance about the cost of your trip before ordering a car. Usually you can pay with a taxi driver by credit card. In accordance with the order of the Swedish National Roads Administration, taxi drivers are obliged to post prices in a conspicuous place both outside and inside the car. Before starting to work as a taxi driver in Sweden, an applicant for this position must pass exams, a medical examination and obtain a work permit from the Swedish National Roads Authority.

Public transport

Public transport in Sweden is very popular with locals. Payment for travel is carried out using travel tickets or in cash with the driver.

Water transport

Göta Canal

The Göta Canal is a Swedish shipping canal that connects the Baltic Sea north of the 58th parallel and the Kattegat Strait. In the west it goes to the city of Gothenburg, in the east to the city of Söderköping. The total length is about 420 kilometers. The canal includes the Trollhättan Canal, Lakes Venern and Vättern and a 190 km stretch between these lakes and the Baltic Sea. Passenger shipping is organized along the canal. Those interested can rent a boat.

Ferries

Everyone can take a trip to the two island archipelagos of the kingdom: the Stockholm archipelago and the Western archipelago (Gothenburg).

To travel through the Stockholm archipelago, which consists of 20 thousand islets, it is most convenient to purchase a 16-day “pass to the archipelago”, which costs about 500 Swedish kronor (about 50 euros). It gives the right to unlimited use of all water transport.

Rent of boats and yachts

Rent of boats and yachts

Rent of boats and yachts

RTC Båtkontakten AB, www.rtc.se
Bullandö Marina
SE-139 56 Värmdö.
Tel .: + 46-8-57 14 52 30.
500 yachts (18-71 feet), optional with skipper.

Yacht charter (39-72 feet) in the Western Archipelago with professional crew:

Sjösportskolan AB.
Pejlingsgatan 13
SE-426 76 Västra Frölunda, Sweden
Tel .: +46 -31-29 20 30
info@sjosportskolan.se, www.sjosportskolan.se

RTC Båtkontakten AB, www.rtc.se
Bullandö Marina
SE-139 56 Värmdö.
Tel .: + 46-8-57 14 52 30

Ferries to Gotland and Öland

Gotland

Gotland is located 90 kilometers from the mainland of Sweden. The popularity of Gotland among tourists from all over the world is growing every year. Gotland can be reached by ferry, plane or yacht charter.

Öland

This fabulous island can be reached by the longest bridge in Europe or by the Sulsund ferry from Oskarshamn.

Ferry booking number: + 46 (0) 499 449 20

Swedish culture

Swedish matches, Alfred Nobel, Malysh and Karlson, buffet and Swedish wall are the cultural realities of Sweden, which, however, this northern country is not limited to. In order to discover the true Swedish character, be sure to participate in one of the kingdom’s national holidays, among which the most interesting are St. Martin’s Day, St. Lucia’s Day, Walpurgis Night and Midsummer Festival.

Saint Martin’s Day – November 11

Traditionally, St. Martin’s Day is a festival dedicated to the end of autumn work and the beginning of winter. Baskets containing fruits were thrown into the fires lit on every street and in every yard after the end of the rural work. They jumped over these bonfires, and torches were lit from their lights, with which they illuminated the path of the crowd and the mummers walking through the streets. The traditional dish of this day is roast goose. Saint Martin’s Day is followed by Philip’s Fast, named after the Apostle Philip. On the first Sunday of Lent, the streets are decorated with fir branches, lights, garlands and Christmas trees. And in the houses every Sunday of Filippov’s Lent, one candle is lit, so that on the last Sunday before Christmas, four candles are lit in the house.

Saint Lucia’s Day – December 13

Despite the fact that the holiday got its name in honor of the Italian martyr Lucia, who died in 304 in Sicily, the Swedish Lucia has little in common with her namesake. According to tradition, the night of St. Lucia’s day is considered the darkest, during which the forces of evil roam the world. The modern folk festivities on the night of St. Lucia are inherited from the Middle Ages: in those days, the night of Lucia was the last opportunity to enjoy worldly temptations before the beginning of the Christmas fast.

Walpurgis Night – April 30

In modern Sweden, Walpurgis Night is considered a meeting of spring: the huge bonfires that are lit throughout the country, the Swedes must scare and scare away the witches who flock on the night of April 30 to May 1 for the Sabbath. On the streets of the city, children and adults walk around the city until early morning, sing songs, arrange concerts, in honor of the end of winter and the onset of spring. According to medieval belief, on this night, all over Scandinavia, witches held a feast, flocking to the Sabbath to the mountain peaks, where they took part in wild dances and copulation with demons and the devil.

Midsummer – the closest Saturday to 24 June

Since time immemorial, Midsommar has been celebrated on the longest day of the year, the Saturday closest to 24 June. Festive festivities were accompanied by the kindling of large bonfires, the girls arranged fortune-telling for the betrothed. Modern Swedes get together, sing drinking songs and eat. A typical Midsummer Celebration dish is the spicy herring “mate” with boiled young potatoes, dill, sour cream and red onion. For dessert – the first strawberry with cream. Drinks include cold beer, as well as schnapps or vodka, preferably infused with herbs and spices.

Swedish cuisine

The traditional menu of Swedish cuisine (like any other) is due to the specifics of the geographical location and climatic conditions: Scandinavian cuisines are primarily famous for the abundance of fish dishes and products that can be stored without loss of quality during the long northern winter: marinades, salting and smoking. The cooking process traditionally involves a small amount of spices and the use of pork fat for frying and stewing products. Some of the monotony of Swedish cuisine pays off for the filling and healthiness of the food.

Fish dishes

Fish dishes form the basis of Swedish national cuisine. The most common fish is herring, the great variety of cooking methods of which are known to the Swedes: salted herring, herring in mustard, in wine, with onions, herring with a smell, herring fillet with white sauce, grilled or oven-baked herring with lemon, sandwich with herring, herring marinated “glasmastarsil” and others. Popular are crustaceans, caviar, salmon in various forms, boiled sea pike “lutfisk” and river fish in all possible types and combinations. It is customary for the Swedes to begin any feast with an appetizer with salted herring, followed by another fish. After fish dishes, it is customary to change plates and then move on to other dishes.

Meat dishes

The Swedes prepare meat dishes from pork, venison and game. Pork roll “Flaskrulader”, spicy pork sausage “Easterband”, chopped venison “renstek”, pâté “leverpashtey”, large dumplings “cottbullar”, Christmas ham, fried elk “unstect alg”, cold meat and sandwiches based on white bread) with a variety of fillings.

Other dishes

In addition to fish and meat, the table may contain salads of potatoes and boiled vegetables, hard-boiled eggs with various sauces, hearty soups (including the famous beer soup “elebrad” or oyster soup “nasselsuppa-honey-egg”), various mushrooms ( “Cantareller”), boiled potatoes. Popular dairy dishes include cheeses, yogurt and yogurt. Often on the table are puddings, gray bread, dry bread of various types and shapes, and a variety of jams made from local berries. Berries are often used as a sauce or seasoning for meat dishes.

Buffet

The buffet (“Smergosburd”), loved today by representatives of different cultures and nationalities, appeared in its original form in the distant past. His birth is associated with the need to receive guests: long-term storage dishes were laid out in a common dish, from which everyone took the required amount of food. Today this simple and economical way of organizing the reception of guests is widely used throughout the world.

Dessert

For desserts, they prefer pancakes, muffins, biscuits and various pies and cookies, which are often served with coffee. Typical pies include apple, blueberry, and rhubarb.

Beverages

The favorite drink of the Swedes is coffee, which is rather weak. Mineral water is often used. Among the delicious and varied alcoholic drinks – vodka, whiskey, beer, unchanging punch and grog, liqueurs on northern herbs and berries.

Some traditional Swedish food

  • Smorgasbord – Smergosbord
  • Julbord – Christmas Smergosburd
  • Julskinka – Christmas ham
  • Kottbullar – Swedish meatballs
  • Inlagd sill – pickled herring
  • Gravad lax – salmon, salted, smoked or cold smoked
  • Kaldolmar – cabbage rolls
  • Pannkakor – pancakes
  • Artsoppa – pea soup
  • Kroppkakor / palt – potato dumplings stuffed with minced pork
  • Flask och bruna bonor – pork crusts with brown beans
  • Blodpudding – blood sausage
  • Polsa – khash

Shopping in Sweden

The main acquisitions you will make in Sweden are traditional Swedish souvenirs for family, friends and work colleagues back home. The most popular among the guests of Sweden are porcelain, crystal, figurines of Vikings and elks, images of the heroes of the fairy tales “Pippi Longstocking” and “Carlson Who Lives on the Roof”.

The best time to shop is during the seasonal sales in January and July. In many shops of the kingdom, you can easily pay for purchases with VISA, MASTERCARD, EUROCARD, AMERICAN Express cards. Tourists from non-EU countries can get back the internal tax when leaving the country, but only if the goods were purchased in stores participating in the Tax-Free Shopping system.

Communication

Mobile connection

The main mobile operators of the kingdom are Tele2 / Comviq, Telia Mobile and Europolitan, using the GSM, MT 450 and NMT 900 standards. The initial digits of the cellular communication numbers are 450 and 900. You do not need to dial the area or operator code to call these numbers.

Telephone communications

In Sweden’s well-developed telephone network, you can pay with ordinary credit cards and telephone cards in denominations of 30, 60 and 100 kroons, which are sold in the network of newspaper and tobacco kiosks, Telia offices and post offices. It is most beneficial to use public telephones, as calls from hotel rooms will cost you much more. If there is no way to spend money on negotiations, you can use the “сollect call” service, when the call is paid by the receiving party. The Telia Travel Card is ideal for international calls.

Sweden’s phone code is 8-10-46.

Sports in Sweden

Sports in Sweden

Sports in Sweden

First of all, Sweden is famous for winter sports, among which the most popular are skiing, both downhill and cross-country. Recently, there has been a growing interest among Russian tourists in trips to world ski resorts. In this regard, Sweden has something to offer our compatriots.

Swedish ski resorts are a lot of professional slopes and lifts, high-speed slopes, a large difference in altitude. It is also the cleanest air, the beauty and grandeur of nature, the original Scandinavian pleasures: salmon in restaurants, reindeer and dog sledding, snowmobile safaris.

Sweden can become a logical continuation of acquaintance with the Scandinavian countries.

In terms of elevation differences and a variety of skiing opportunities, the ski resorts in Sweden significantly surpass the Finnish slopes. But! The Finnish service is much better, in Sweden you have to be prepared for the fact that the reception can only work until 19, slopes – until 15.30, not everywhere there is dubbing of track names in English, and the choice of entertainment in Finland is greater. Therefore, you need to choose which is more important – real skiing or real service.

Perhaps the most famous Swedish resort is Åre, a repeated witness to the fierce struggle of champions during the World Cups, a resort of international class. It consists of four villages, united by lifts and a bus service: Duved, Tegefjell, Åre By, Åre Björnen. And each component of Ore has its own face.

Safety

Despite the fact that Sweden is one of the safest countries in Europe, one should not forget about basic precautions. Perhaps the main danger that lies in wait for the careless tourist in this country are pickpockets operating in crowded places such as hotel lobbies and buffets.

When traveling to Sweden, do not forget to worry about purchasing health insurance, which will ensure you receive medical care in the kingdom. It will not be superfluous to clarify how insurance payments are made: to a doctor, a medical institution, or reimbursement of your expenses upon returning to your homeland. Sometimes the cost of insurance includes mental health care, as well as transportation of the body in case of death. If you do not have insurance, you will have to pay for treatment locally. Remember that purchasing insurance will not be superfluous, since in cases of serious health problems, hospitalization will cost quite a lot of money. And if you are going to a ski resort, you simply need medical insurance.

It is worth taking care not only of your health, but also of the safety of your luggage, credit card, and purchasing insurance that covers such cases.

Where to stay

Depending on the purpose of your trip to Sweden and the region of your holiday, you can choose a place to stay according to your taste and according to your financial resources.

These can be hotels of various price categories or tourist houses, hostels and guesthouses, if you decide to stay in the city.

Nature lovers can rent a country cottage among forests, meadows and lakes.

For connoisseurs of luxury and unearthly comfort, hospitable Swedes open the gates of palaces and estates, where noble people once lived.

The most democratic, close to charming Swedish nature and healthy stopping place is the camping, which offers a choice of tents, cottages and hostels.