Location: In Scandinavia in North-Western Europe, surrounded by Norway to its west, Finland and Gulf of Bothnia to its east, and Baltic Sea to its southeast
Capital City: Stockholm
Currency: Swedish krona
Time Zone: CET (UTC + 1); CEST (UTC + 2)
ISD Code: 46
Best Season to Visit: End May to September
International Airports: Stockholm Arlanda, Goteborg Landvetter Sweden, the land of the midnight sun, would both regale and confuse you. Once the land of fearless Vikings, Sweden in Europe is now an epitome of economic well-being. A walk through Swedish countryside would throw up evidence of the marauding lifestyle of the Vikings in the form of stone graves, burial mounds, and rune stones. Ironically, Sweden in Scandinavia is also the birthplace of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Meatballs, herrings, ABBA, Lapland, sleigh rides, dense forests, and clear blue waters characterize Sweden. Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm, is radiant with red, vanilla and orange buildings lined along cobblestone streets together with ice-dream shops and memento stores. Drottningholm Slot, the imperial residence of the Swedish monarch with its landscaped garden is often compared with Versailles. Discover Gotland with its hilltop fortresses, over one hundred medieval churches, and prehistoric remains. Tanumshede ‘Rock carving’ site is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Outdoor activities are equally enchanting in Sweden. Explore the Lappland on dog sleighs in the winters. In the summer months, the same area is a hiker’s delight with miles of woodlands. Have a glass of your favorite drink in the ‘Ice Hotel’ totally made of snow and ice blocks in Jukkasjarvi.
When to visit Sweden
Summer and autumn seasons from the end of May to September are the best time to visit Sweden. In Kiruna, north of Arctic Circle, the sun for 45 days – from May 31st to July 14th, stays above the horizon. Late June to the middle of August is the peak vacationing period in Sweden when all hotels are packed. In Lappland, the winter sets in October and extends till April. Snow of several meters depth allows for superb skiing, snowmobiling, and dog sleighing possibilities.
Travel to and within Sweden
Stockholm Arlanda is the main international airport in Sweden handling flights from all across the globe. Goteborg Landvetter is the other important Swedish international airport. Road travel within the Scandinavian countries is well developed. There are regular bus services from Stockholm and Goteborg in Sweden to Copenhagen in Denmark. Haparanda in Sweden is connected well with Tornio and Oulu in Finland. Bus service also exists between Stockholm and Tornio. Coach services operate between Stockholm and Goteborg in Sweden to Oslo in Norway.
Sweden is well connected with European counties through railways. Regular train services ply between Malmo in Sweden to Copenhagen, between Malmo and Berlin, and between Stockholm and Oslo. Sweden can also be reached by ferries and boats. Ferries operate regularly between Helsinki and Stockholm, Turku and Stockholm, Tallinn and Stockholm, and Riga and Stockholm.?