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About Sweden

Sweden is the largest of the countries of Scandinavia, in Northern Europe, with a population of about 9 million. It borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark via the bridge of Öresund (Öresundsbron).


Sweden is traditionally divided into 25 provinces that roughly match the 21 administrative län (counties). These provinces are grouped into three major regions of ancient origin:

  • Norrland is the sparsely populated, northern part of the country (about two-thirds ot the total area), with nine provinces. Lots of wilderness, with forests, lakes, big rivers, enormous marshes and high mountains along the border to Norway. Great for hiking. Largest cities are Sundsvall, Umeå and Luleå.
  • Svealand, in the central part of the country, includes Stockholm, Uppsala and the province of Dalarna.
  • Götaland, comprising of the ten provinces in the southern part of the country, including the islands (and provinces) of Öland and Gotland. The largest cities in Götaland are Malmö and Gothenburg.


Major cities

  • Stockholm - The capital, spread out over a number of islands.
  • Gothenburg - In the Western coast.
  • Malmö - Down, not far from the Danish capital Copenhagen.

Other cities

  • Västerås - Located 100 km west of Stockholm - Sweden's sixth largest city.
  • Borås - Old textile centre, east of Gothenburg.
  • Helsingborg - North of Malmö and close to Denmark.
  • Karlstad - University city, a good halfway between Stockholm and ··Oslo.
  • Linköping - A county capital with a large university.
  • Luleå - Industrial city in northern Norrland, with technical university.
  • Lund - Old university city, just north of Malmö
  • Örebro - Old shoe manufacturing centre, halfway between Stockholm and ··Oslo.
  • Umeå - University city in Norrland.
  • Kiruna - the northernmost city in Sweden, far up in Lappland.
  • Uppsala - lively pretty university city.
  • Falun - city with a millennia-old World Heritage copper mine.

By car

In Svealand and Götaland driving takes you quickly from one place to the other. In Norrland the distances tend to be bigger between the different sites so the time spent driving may be long. Unless you really like driving, it is often more convenient to take the train or fly to the sites, particularly in Northern Norrland. Traveling by night can be dangerous due to unexpected animals on the roads and the cold nights during the winter. Collisions with moose, roe deer, or other animals are a not uncommon cause of car accidents.

Speed limits in Sweden are:

  • Motorway: 110 km/h
  • In Towns: 50 km/h
  • Major roads: 90 km/h

If you speed in Sweden, you risk a heavy fine and maybe even losing your driving license. Sweden is heavily forested; as a result there are a lot of "Animal" warning signs posted. These signs must be taken seriously.


Swedish cuisine is mostly hearty meat or fish with potatoes, derived from the days when men needed to chop wood all day long. Traditional everyday dishes are called husmanskost (pronounced whos-mans-cost). This could be meatballs (köttbullar) with potatoes and lingonberry jam, fried diced meat, onions and potatoes (Hash, or "Pytt i Panna") or pea soup followed by thin pancakes. Besides the ubiquitous potatoes, modern Swedish cuisine is to a great extent based on bread.

Pickled herring ("sill"), available in various types of sauces, is commonly eaten with bread or potatoes for summer lunch or as a starter. Adventurous diners might want to try surströmming, which is (coastal) central and northern Sweden's entry in the revolting-foods-of-the-world contest. It's herring which is fermented in a can until it's about to burst, and so foul-smelling that it's eaten only outdoors in the summer so as not to stink up the house. It is considered bad form not to notify (or invite) the neighbours before having a surströmmingsskiva, a party where the delicacy is consumed. It is said that the only way you could stand the stink is to take a deep breath of it just when you open the can - to as quickly as possible strike out your smelling sense. Surströmming is mostly available in August.

Typical Swedish "gourmet" restaurants serve steaks or other grilled dishes garnished with fragrant herbs such as dill, and vegetables such as pumpkin and bell peppers. A cold fish dish known as gravlax, with a very particular taste, is widely known and appreciated.

As in most of Europe, inexpensive pizza and kebab restaurants are ubiquitous in Swedish cities. Sushi and Thai food are also quite popular.

You can get a "cheap" lunch if you look for the signs with "Dagens rätt" (meal of the day). This normally costs about 50-70 SEK and almost everywhere includes a bottle of water; soft drink; or light beer, bread & butter, some salad and coffee afterwards. Dagens rätt is served Monday to Friday.


Access to alcoholic beverages is, as in Norway and Finland, quite restricted and more expensive than in other countries. The only place to buy liquor over the counter is in one of the state owned shops called Systembolaget. Though the Systembolaget shops sometimes seem to be closed more often than they are open, they do have a fantastic selection and a knowing staff. The most famous Swedish alcoholic beverage is the Absolut Vodka, which has been voted as the best vodka in the world, but there is a wide range of other Swedish vodkas, usually spiced aquavits and schnapps. Sweden does produce some outstanding beers like the dark Carnegie Porter, but most beers are rather nondescript lagers. The beer you get in shops is called Folköl and has 3,5% alcohol. The wine production is miniscule.

The age limit is 18 to bars and beers in shops, but 20 in Systembolaget. Many bars have an age limit of 20, but some have age limits as high as 23-25, a few places even 30.

The prices at clubs/bars are often very expensive compared to other countries, a large beer (half a liter) costs usually as much as 45-55 SEK (~US$7). For that reason many Swedes have a small pre-party ("förfest") before they go out, to get started on their buzz before they hit the town and go to nightclubs.

Some tourists are surprised that in Sweden you often have to stand in line to get in to a bar or club.

Modified: 2007-02-11 11:54:59+01
Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Sweden


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