Things you should know before traveling to Sweden

Midsummer dance Bengt Nyman/Flickr

Midsummer dance ©Bengt Nyman/Flickr

Before you visit a foreign country you’ve never been to, it is good to find out some info relating to accommodation, visitor attractions, culture, language, local currency, local transportation, traditions, food and so on. If your next holiday destination is Sweden, read this guide. Below I will present you some interesting things you should know before traveling to Sweden. The below presented things are both interesting and important to find out. For example: Midsummer is the most important party of the year, Swedes are avid recyclers, island hopping is one of the most popular activities, expect for queues anywhere you go and Sweden is a perfect child-friendly destination.

Midsummer is an important celebration

Midsummer is the most important Swedish celebration. The celebration always takes place on a Friday between the 19th of June and 25th of June. This is the time when Swedes celebrate the year’s longest day. Several towns all over the country arrange public Midsummer festivals. Folk musicians play, while visitors dance the traditional Midsummer dance around the traditional pole decorated with flowers and leaves.

Midsummer dance Bengt Nyman/Flickr

Midsummer dance ©Bengt Nyman/Flickr

Recycle!

Recycling in Sweden is not optional at all. Swedes are avid recyclers. They have at least three different rubbish bins in their houses. Besides, they also clean the garbage before they throw it away. It is also important to fold the boxes before throwing them away. So, if you spend a couple of weeks or even months in Sweden, keep this in mind.

Island hopping is one of the most popular activities

As there are about 24,000 islands only in the Stockholm Archipelago, you can not actually visit any place in Sweden without hitting an island. Therefore, island hopping is one if the most popular activities in the country. These islands make excellent destinations, presenting picturesque landscapes. The largest and most popular islands are accessible by ferries. Hiking, swimming and picnicking are just some great activities on these islands.

Gullholmen Island Patrik2/Flickr

Gullholmen Island ©Patrik2/Flickr

Expect for long queues

Pushing to the front of the queues is not recommended in Sweden. Be prepared for long queues at the post offices, in the supermarkets, at the pharmacies and so on. You will need to take a number and wait your turn.

Sweden is perfect for families

Sweden is abundant in kid-friendly attractions. So, if you are traveling with your children, they will love this country. The region of Skansen for example is a great destination for families traveling with children. From open-air museums to zoological gardens, from aquariums to amusement parks, the region will be perfect for you.

Kids in Stockholm Peter Fristedt/Flickr

Kids in Stockholm ©Peter Fristedt/Flickr

 

 

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