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    Recommended Vaccinations

    Always consult your doctor before travelling - the information below is only a guide. Vaccination requirements can change.

    Routine Boosters (MMR, DPT and Polio).

    Hepatitis A.

    Hepatitis B (optional).

    Rabies (optional for Eastern Europe).

    Typhoid (Eastern Europe).



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    Backpacking Sweden Need To Know

    Basics

      Language: Swedish
      Capital: Stockholm
      Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK)
      Dial Code: 46
      International Access Code: 00
      Emergency Services Number: 112
      Time Difference: GMT +1

    Entry

    Sweden is a member of the borderless Schengen Zone, meaning you can freely move to other member states without the need for multiple visa applications and passport controls.

    Citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland don't need a visa to enter the Schengen Zone, and can generally stay for as long as they wish.

    A vast amount of passport holders from other countries can also enter the Schengen Zone visa-free for up to 90 days including; Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

    Citizens of visa-exempt nations need only produce a passport which is valid for the entirety of their stay, but other nationals require a Schengen visa and must have a passport which has at least 3 months' validity beyond their period of stay.

    For official information visit government.se or your home government travel bureau.

    Getting Around

    Official Europe wide rail passes can be obtained through Rail Europe

    More details are to come in this section, but you can read about general advice regarding Getting Around When You Get There

    Accommodation

    Sweden has a wide variety of hostels and you should never have any problem finding one.

    The average price of a hostel is 185-280 SEK (€20-30) a night.

    All hostels in Sweden will provide linen and bathroom facilities. Usually there will be cooking and internet facilities as well as common and laundry rooms.

    Read more about Accommodation When You Get There and Living in Hostels

    Food And Health

    The standard of food safety and hygiene is good.

    Water is completely safe to drink from all kitchen taps in Sweden, unless stated.

    Medical facilities are good, but make sure you have adequate travel insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation.

    EU and EEA citizens should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving home. The EHIC isn’t a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip.

    Other nationalities may also have reciprocal health care agreements, find out from your government travel bureau.

    Always contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Visit here for Recommended Vaccinations and read here for more about Travelling Health In General

    Weather & Time To Go

    The best time to go to Sweden is late May to early September, unless you want snow, then visit in January to April. Average temperatures in the three major cities (Stockholm, Malmo and Gothenburg) range from 23°C in summer to -3°C in winter. Days are very long in summer and very short in winter; north of the arctic circle the sun never rises during winter and never sets during summer.

    Communications

    Internet and wifi is widespread and accessible in most hostels. Local pay-as-you-go SIM cards for your mobile phone and international calling cards are cheaply available.

    Dangers And Considerations

    Crime levels in Sweden are low, but take sensible precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pick pocketing.

    Seek specialist advice if travelling to wild or Arctic regions.

    Dangers constantly change. Always check with your foreign office (British Foreign Office webpage) or travel advice bureau for the latest information regarding your destinations safety.

    Read more about Safety And Security here

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