Your full Wanderlust guide to



Home to ABBA, IKEA and the Nobel Peace Prize, but also uninhabited islands, pristine national parks and Arctic wilderness, Sweden is a fascinating place to visit. Summer days feel endless and carefree, packed with music festivals, art shows and al-fresco dining, while in the winter, the awe of the Aurora Borealis takes the limelight.

The Swedish are never happier than when outside, making this a great destination if you’re a fan of nature, the outdoors, and delighting in seasonal and locally-grown feasts. History buffs can explore Sweden’s stone circles and Bronze Age rock carvings, while culture-enthusiasts can choose between the plethora of galleries and museums throughout Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, that are steeped in Nordic history.

For the more adventurous, Swedish Lapland awaits – offering an introduction to the border-spanning Indigenous Sámi culture and their traditional way of life in the Sápmi region, centred around native flora, fishing and reindeer herding.

You can’t miss

Lights. Camera. Action. Mark Stratton goes in search of the phenomena, wildlife and people that make Swedish Lapland so special
Read article

Latest Sweden articles

Swedish, Finnish, English and a number of regional Swedish dialects are spoken across the country.
10.5 million
Int. dial code
Travellers can enter Sweden (and the Schengen area) without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
Time zone
Plug type
Type F
Swedish Krona (SEK)

When to go to Sweden

Sweden is at its best during the long summer days between May and September, although if you’re planning to spend a lot of time outside, you might want to avoid mosquito season (June and July).

To experience the midnight sun you need to be above the Arctic Circle between 31 May and 14 July.

Winters are very cold, but offer a different range of activities – head north for husky-sledding, Ice Hotel stays and the northern lights between November and March.

International airports in Sweden

Arlanda International (STO) is 45km north of Stockholm city.

Getting around in Sweden

Sweden has an excellent network of public transport. Stockholm’s bus and regional train networks are integrated, with tickets available via QR code on the Stockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) app. The Stockholm-Gothenburg express (around three hours) is a quick and easy way to city hop, while the year-round Stockholm-Luleå-Narvik sleeper train, known as the ‘Arctic Circle train’, reaches Kiruna in Swedish Lapland.

ScanRail has a flexible rail pass which covers travel in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway.

Cycling is encouraged in Sweden, with dedicated cycle lanes established across the country. Cyclists are well respected by other road users. Boats and ferries are also popular. Parts of Stockholm and Gotland are served by regular ferry services.

Health & safety in Sweden

Tap water is safe to drink.

Bring mosquito repellent if you’re planning to be in Sweden during the summer.

Check with your GP before travelling that your immunisations are up to date.