Things you should know before the trip
Sweden is the most cashless country in the world.
- Barely 1% of the value of all payments made using coins or bills 2016.
- Checks are not in use since 20 years.
- Use your creditcard in the swedish cash mashines to draw bills.
- In Sweden we have a pin-code of four numbers contected to the creditcard.
- Sweden changed coins and bills 2016-2017, old are invalid.
Taxes are always included in the price in Sweden when you shop.
- Books and newspapers 6 %.
- Food 12 %.
- Everything else 25 %.
Different plug in Sweden then in U.S.
- In Sweden you need an adapter for your U.S. electric devices.
- In Sweden the voltage is 230V/50Hz compared with the American 115V/60Hz.
- Some devices are design to work with different voltage others will not specially those only with 115V.
- Be certain what your device work with.
- Swedish is spoken by 8.7 million native speakers throughout the world with the large majority found in Sweden and Finland.
- Grammatically, for an English speaker, Swedish is not that bad. A lot of words are similar, you just need to say it with a Swedish accent.
- Children start to learn english in 3rd grade in school.
- Outside of native anglophone countries, Sweden consistently have one of the largest and most fluent English speaking populations in Europe.
Tipping is not mandatory
- You only give tip if you find the service and food nice, and you normally tip 10% if you have had a nice experience.
- If you buy a drink at the bar and pay directly, it's generally appreciated if you leave any small coins from the change on the bar.
Organic and locally produced food are big business in Sweden
- You find many small locally food producers all over in Sweden.
- They sell their food at home or in special markets, like Farmer's market.
- It's common that restaurants specialize to cook and serve organic and locally food.
- Not uncommon that the restaurants have their own vegetable garden next door.
Buyes only in one shop
- Alcohol you only buy at Systembolaget. The store has a monopoly on retail sales of alcohol: it's the only place you can buy wine and spirits and beer with an alcohol content above 3.5%.
- Most towns/cities have one Systembolaget.
- Systembolaget, a government owned and run retail chain.
- You have to be 20 years old to by on Systembolaget.
A way of life
- Swedes are avid recyclers and sorting household waste.
- Garden waste, colored glass, clear glass, newspapers and magazines, milk and yogurt cartons, soft and hard plastics, metals, food waste ...
- Garbage is cleaned before being thrown, and it's also important to fold the boxes and cartons so they take up a minimum of space.
- It's all part of Sweden's strong green culture.
- Smoking is prohibited in most public places, buses, trams, cinemas, shops, restaurants and bars.
- Be sure to check out how it is where you are.
In need of acute help
- Call 112 when you need acute help and when it is danger for life, property or environment. Emergency number 112 is for you that need help immediately by the police, rescueteam or ambulance.
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