Frequently asked questions
Can I use my bank card in Sweden?
Paying by card is widely accepted in Sweden. Many shops, cafés, and restaurants in major cities like Stockholm and
Gothenburg don’t accept cash payments. In Sweden, having a card can be just as essential as having cash when you’re
out and about.
If you choose to pay by card, pay in local currency. If you pay in GBP, you may get unfavourable exchange rates that
could cost you extra.
How expensive is Sweden?
Compared to other countries in Europe, Sweden can be an expensive place to visit.
For example, a basic meal in a restaurant can cost:
- 137 SEK in Stockholm
- 125 SEK in Gothenburg
- 120 SEK in Malmö
- 113 SEK in Akersberga
Major cities in Sweden will generally be more expensive than smaller, rural towns. In bigger cities like Stockholm or
Malmö, you may need more kronor to pay for everyday essentials.
If you’re travelling to Sweden on a budget, using local transport and staying in hostels can help lower your holiday
costs. We have more budgeting advice in our holiday planning tips.
Can you use other currencies in Sweden?
When you’re in Sweden, it’s best to use the local currency to buy souvenirs or pay for a meal.
Even though Sweden is a member of the European Union, the Swedish government didn’t adopt the
euro (EUR). If you have
euros, you’ll have to exchange them for Swedish kronor.
You can use our currency converter to exchange your GBP into SEK.
Do you need a visa to visit Sweden?
UK citizens can visit Sweden without a visa, but this arrangement only applies if you stay for fewer than 90 days in
a 180-day period.
If you want to earn some money during your stay, you’ll need to apply for an appropriate visa or work permit. You
should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.
Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your country’s embassy.
Should you tip in Sweden?
Tipping in Sweden is always appreciated, but not expected of you.
At a Swedish restaurant, it’s common to round up the bill to show your thanks. For example, if your bill was 242 SEK,
you’d round it up to 250 SEK. Some restaurants may include this as a service charge, and they’ll let you know on your
Adding a few kronor as a token of appreciation is a nice gesture, but it’s entirely up to you.
What languages are spoken in Sweden?
Sweden’s official language is Swedish, and it’s the most spoken language in the country.
Like other Nordic languages, Swedish comes from Old Norse. If you know Danish or Norwegian, you’ll probably
understand bits of Swedish too.
Sweden also has five minority languages:
- Sámi languages
What is the latest government travel advice for Sweden?
Sweden is generally considered a safe holiday destination with very few incidents.
If you’re stopping off in Denmark or Germany before visiting, border controls are in place for people arriving on
ferries. Make sure you’re up to date on Sweden’s entry requirements before you go.
You can also visit the Foreign, Commonwealth &
Development Office (FCDO) for the latest government
travel advice for Sweden.
What is the best time of year to visit Sweden?
The best time to visit Sweden depends on what you want to do.
If you’re seeking warmer weather and longer days for outdoor activities, the summer months from June to August are
ideal. In summer, you can enjoy hiking, camping and even experience the midnight sun.
If you’re interested in winter sports or witnessing the Northern lights, visit the north of Sweden between December