Weather & climate

Sweden’s geographical position means it sees warm summers and harsh winters. For those seeking 20°C temperatures, July is the warmest month - this is also a great time to see the midnight sun, which means the sun shines until 11pm in the south and never fully sets in the north. 
 
Spring is ideal for sightseeing without the crowds, not to mention the perfect time to witness the first flowers bloom. As autumn approaches so does the colder weather and snowfall is highly likely, particularly in the north. February generally witnesses the coldest temperatures but the daylight hours are longer.

 

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Sweden is best for...

Outdoorsy types: Home to dramatic mountains and hiking trails in the north and sandy beaches connecting you to the Baltic Sea in the south, Sweden is jam-packed with natural delights. Plus, with snow covering most of its landscape during the colder months, winter is just as scenic!

Romantics: There are plenty of places made for strolling hand-in-hand when you come to this Scandanvian gem. Stockholm is full of dreamy spots with its fairytale charm and intimate cafes, while its sunset dinner cruises make for the perfect date night. 

Culture vultures: Getting your cultural fix couldn’t be easier in Sweden. Head for its blend of  historical museums and modern art galleries or immerse yourself in the folklore traditions, many of which are still alive today. The food culture is also worth checking out with the pickled herring dating back to viking times.
 

Fast facts

Language: The official language of Sweden is Swedish, which is spoken by the majority of the country’s population. However, minority languages also exist including Sami and Finnish. You may find that many Swedes speak perfect English, but it’s always a good idea to learn a few basic phrases. 

Currency: The Swedish krona (SEK) is the official currency 

Local time: Sweden is one hour ahead of the GMT/UK time. 

Fly to: The nearest international airport is Stockholm Bromma Airport (BMA) with direct flights from a number of UK airports. It is located just 6 miles from Stockholm centre. 

Flight time from UK: 2 - 3 hours

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at visit Sweden.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

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Getting around

By hire car: With a combination of high-quality roads and less traffic than the UK, driving in Sweden is a great way to get from A to B. And to make things even easier, you can always pre-book your rental before you travel courtesy of our car hire partners

By bus: For a budget-friendly transport option, purchase a bus ticket and discover a new corner of the country. There are plenty of routes and local services readily available too. 

By train: Travelling by train in Sweden is worth it for the views alone, not to mention extremely relaxing thanks to the modern, comfortable Scandavian design. The country’s largest railway station can be found in Stockholm where you can take both local and long distance journeys. 
 

Events

National Day: This annual celebration takes place on 6th June to mark the election of Gustav Vasa as King in 1523. On this day a flag ceremony will take place and locals dress in traditional blue and yellow costumes. 

Midsummer: Celebrated throughout the country, on the longest day of the year, which is towards the end of June, this is one of Sweden’s largest festivals.  You’ll see public parks and green spaces filled with maypole dancing, people picking flowers and traditional dress, not forgetting to mention the copious amounts of food and drink.

Safety and Security

For up-to-date advice on travelling to Sweden, please visit the FCDO website.