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Stockholm became the venue for the award of the Nobel Prizes in 1901.

Stockholm runs on Central European Time (CET), which is GMT +2.  That means that Stockholm is 1 hour ahead of London and 6 hours ahead of New York (not accounting for Daylight Savings).

A visa is required for travel to Stockholm for those with passports from certain countries. A list of those countries can be found here. If you are not from one of these countries and your visit will be 90 days or less, you will only need a valid passport to travel. Make sure your passport and visa are valid for 3 months past your return date home. Click here for more visa information.

Commuter trains to Stockholm depart twice an hour from the Arlanda Airport, and it is about a 45 minute ride. Buses or taxis are always available as well. The Arlanda Express is the fastest and most environmentally-friendly way of getting from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm Central Station, and trains depart every 15 minutes. There are also environmentally “clean” cars you can choose for your ride. Click here for more info.

Stockholm’s subway is one of the quickest ways to get around the city. A single ticket gives you 75 valid travel minutes, and there are also passes for 24 hours, 72 hours, and 30 days. You can purchase metro tickets on the SL app or at the kiosks located around the city. Click here for more metro information.

Additionally, Stockholm’s metro system is the world’s longest art gallery, so you don’t want to miss those views!

Stockholm remains one of the safest cities not only in Europe, but in the world. In 2017 it was ranked as the third-safest city in the world. The most common things to avoid are scammers and thieves. As long as you stick to basic common sense, you should be just fine.

Safety tips:

  • Be wary of pickpockets and keep an eye on your belongings, especially purses, money, and phones. The train stations are places to be extra cautious.
  • Lock hotel rooms and hostels before sleeping at night, and use your hostel’s safe.
  • Always let someone know where you are when venturing into more mountainous or rural areas.
  • Be careful of wildlife and respect all natural things around you.
  • Try not to walk alone at night, and always keep your phone with you in case of emergencies.

Stockholm is quite sunny compared to other European cities. Summer weather usually ranges from 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are usually cloudy with rain and snow, with the average temperature being 27-30 degrees Fahrenheit. Stockholm has about 170 days filled with precipitation, and the aurora borealis can occasionally be viewed.

Hottest month: July (65 degrees Fahrenheit on average)

Coldest month: February (29 degrees Fahrenheit on average)

Summer: Summer in Stockholm is the perfect time to do outdoor activities. 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer is common.

Fall: Many locals say this is the best time to visit. The weather is light with few tourists. 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit is common.

Winter: Winter in Stockholm can be harsh, lasting from October to April. Temperatures can drop to below 5 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a great time to go skating or experience Christmas festivities!

Spring: In spring you’ll see gradually longer days and warmer temperatures, with very little rain. Temperatures in May are quite pleasant, around mid-50s and low 60s.

Nearly the entire population of Stockholm speaks Swedish, either as a first or second language. Across the city you may also encounter Finnish, English, Bosnian, Arabic, Turkish, Syriac, Persian, Spanish, Dutch, Croatian, Serbian and Kurdish. German and English are also common.

Useful words and phrases to know:

Hello: Hej

Thank you: Tack

You’re welcome: Varsågod

Excuse meUrsäkta mig

I’m sorry: Förlåt

Please: Tack

Good morning: God morgon

Goodnight: God natt

My name is…: Jag heter…

Check, please: Notan, tack

I don’t understand: Jag förstår inte

Do you speak English?: Talar du engelska?

Where is?: Var är…?

Much of the etiquette in Stockholm is based on equality and respect through interactions with others. Here are some simple etiquette tips:

  • Do not cut others in the same line. This is seen as very disrespectful.
  • Punctuality is important. Make sure to arrive on time, not too early or too late.
  • Don’t make unannounced visits. Always tell someone before you show up at their door.
  • Remove your shoes before entering a home.
  • Make eye contact when toasting.

Stockholm’s currency is the Swedish krona (SEK). 1 USD is equivalent to 8.61 SEK

Stockholm is regarded as a cashless city. Credit cards are widely accepted at banks, hotels, restaurants, taxis, and rental car companies. It is also easy to exchange money at ATMs, which there are many of throughout the country

Tipping this welcome but not expected in Stockholm. While this city can be quite expensive, tipping is never necessary. It’s common to round up when paying in restaurants and cafés. Service charges are almost always included in the bill.

The standard voltage in Stockholm is 230 volts with a frequency of 50Hz. You can bring your regular appliances with an adapter or converter if the standard voltage in your country is between 220-240V, as it is in the UK, Europe, Australia, and most of Asia and Africa. Stockholm uses plug types C and F. This is what they look like:

Stockholm has some of the purest tap water in the world. You can save money and help the environment too by not buying bottled water! You may even have a difficult time if you’re trying to buy bottled water; most Swedish grocery stores only sell flavored or sparkling water.

Stockholm’s Wi-Fi is very high quality. Nearly all hotels and cafés will let you use their Wi-Fi for free. You’ll want a SIM card if you are staying in Stockholm for a while. You can purchase a SIM card before you arrive, at the airport, or in most small shops. Click here for more SIM card information.

Uber is relatively new in Stockholm and not as common as other European cities, but its fares can be cheaper than regular taxis.

Stockholm has been regarded as one of the most progressive cities in Europe in terms of LGBTQ+ laws. Same-sex activity was legalized in 1944. Every year there is the Stockholm Pride Week, where many people celebrate and party on the streets. Over the last few decades the Swedish government has made many steps to ensure that the LGBTQ+ community in the country has the same rights as anyone else. The Church of Sweden has permitted same-sex marriage and is represented at the Stockholm Pride festival with a Rainbow mass mirroring everyone’s equal worth.

The city of Stockholm has a green outlook, offering experiences to travelers which focus on sustainability and eco-consciousness. There are an incredible number of outdoor spaces, with excellent parks, gardens, and nature reserves. The Agesta Peninsula is surrounded by Magelungen, a beautiful lake in Stockholm. The huge National Park is called Tyresta, and at the center of the city you will find the Vasaparken, Tantolunden, and Djurgarden parks.

Stockholm boasts excellent cycling networks and public city transport to lower its carbon footprint. Eco-restaurants and supermarkets are on the rise, where you can create your own dish with sustainable ingredients. You will find the KRAV organic label at many supermarkets in Stockholm, such as Paradiset Organic Market and Goodstore.

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Stay in "Gamla Stan" (Old Town) for an old-school vibe, or in "Norrmalm" so you'll be in Stockholm mainland's city center.