From bustling cities to lush greenery, Sweden is a unique destination to experience a truly different way of life. The country is a vibrant blend of idealistic culture and beautiful landscapes. If you are planning a trip to Sweden, then here are some details you should be aware of.
Swedes love their snus.
Snus has a long history with Swedish culture that goes back well over a century. It is a traditional Swedish tobacco product that is widely popular in the region as an alternative to cigarettes. Just like how the Americans love their apple ape, snus is a prideful asset to the Swedish people and their culture. If you are looking to cut down on your cigarettes, you can give snus a try on your next trip to Sweden.
Incredible public transportation system
You might have already heard about the gorgeous metro system in Stockholm. However, what is going to really surprise you is how good the entire Swedish public transport system is. It is fast, cheap, and allows you to reach almost all the major city centers. Want to travel inter-city? They have trains that are fast, clean, and have WiFi onboard.
Alcohol isn’t cheap
Have any drinking plans in Sweden? Then come prepared. Hard alcohol is not easily available in the country. Anything with more than 3.5% alcohol is sold in state-owned stores known as Systembolaget. They are not that easy to find and open only during set times. You need to be more than 20-years-old to buy from these stores. These restrictions mean that the drinks in restaurants and bars can become really expensive.
Longer days in summer
If you are visiting Sweden during summer, you will notice that the days are really long. The sun rises around 3:30 am and sets past 10:30 pm. This means that you will have plenty of daytime to explore the country and a lot of light to take awesome photographs. Make sure that this extra daytime does not mess up your daily routines.
Cash not accepted
It may sound surprising, but there are many places in Sweden that do not accept cash. The country is very much technologically advanced and relies mostly on cashless transactions. It is considered more easy, convenient, and safe. So, you won’t have to worry about changing your money into Swedish Krona. Just make sure to keep your bank cards on you.
Go beyond Stockholm
The most fascinating thing about Sweden is that each of its cities has a different personality. Your trip to Sweden will not be complete if you haven’t experienced at least some of it. Gothenburg, Uppsala, Malmö, and Skåne are some of the most recommended cities to visit. If you have time, you can jump on a ferry and go island hopping.
Best place for kids
Sweden is one of the best destinations to travel with young children. If you are interested in museums, there are plenty of them including popular ones like the Vasa Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Technology. There is also Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum. You can also take your kids to Skånes Djurpark, a children’s zoo with play areas and a swimming pool.
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