Sweden has four distinct seasons which differ depending on where you are in the country. The following applies to Stockholm:
Winter: December through March. Winters can be snowy and cold. Count on temperatures from 2 °C to 7 °C.
Spring: April and May. Varying weather conditions. Usually scattered showers and sunshine. Large differences between daytime and night-time temperatures, ranging from 5 °C to 15 °C.
Summer: June through August. Swedish summers are considerably warmer than their reputation. Often long periods with very warm and sunny weather. Temperatures up to 25 °C or more. The light is special during the summer. The days are very long and the nights are short. It never gets really dark during the early summer (June and July).
Autumn: September through November. Often crisp, sunny autumn days, but also risk for rain. Temperatures between 5 °C and 18 °C. Cooler at night.
1 krona (SEK) = 100 öre
10 SEK translate roughly to 1.1 Euro or 1.45 USD.
Visit the following websites for exact exchange rates.
- FOREX, www.forex.se
- X-Change, www.x-change.se
Tap water is fit for drinking everywhere in Sweden.
The official language in Sweden is Swedish. English is compulsory in school from the age of 10, so most Swedes speak good English. German, French and Spanish are also studied in school, although they are less frequently spoken than English.
Right of access to open country
This unique Swedish public right, called Allemansrätten, allows everyone to walk freely through the countryside, and camp for one night in the forests and countryside without a permit. It also places serious responsibility upon each individual to protect the countryside. There are many restrictions intended to prevent damage.
GMT + 1 hour. Daylight saving time begins at the end of March and lasts until the end of October.
Tips and service charge are included in all prices at hotels and restaurants and in taxis. If you want to show your appreciation for good service, leave a small tip (approximately 10%) anyway.
Source: The official Visitor's guide of Stockholm, www.stockholmtown.com