Location / Language of Sweden
Sweden is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 4.50 lac sq kms in area, Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe and the fifth largest country in Europe and has Stockholm as its capital. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre.
Swedish is the official language of Sweden and is spoken by the vast majority of the 10 million inhabitants of the country. Five national minority languages are also recognized by Swedish law: Finnish, Yiddish, Meänkieli, Romani and Sami.
Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures / exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)
As India is not part of the Schengen Area, if one is an Indian passport holder you will need to apply for the appropriate type of Schengen Swedish Visa for travelling to the country. To be eligible for a Schengen Visa for Sweden one will mainly need their current passport, along with certain documents, to be submitted with the Visa application form.
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Conversion: Rs.1 INR = 0.013 EUR
1 EUR = Rs. 78.04 INR
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Sweden
- Vasa Museum, Stockholm – It is Sweden's most popular museum and now attracts around a million visitors annually. In 1628 the pride of the Swedish Imperial fleet, the Vasa battle ship, sank on its maiden voyage. The ship lay below the icy waters for more than three centuries until, in 1961, an incredibly ambitious salvage operation took place. Now visitors from across the world come to see this fascinating battle ship.
- Skansen National Park - The world's oldest open-air museum, is a historic village made up of houses and farmsteads from all over Sweden from 1720 to the 1960s. Gathered here are churches, schoolhouses, manor houses, shops, mills, workers' homes, artisan's shops (including a book bindery, print shop, shoemaker, tinsmith, comb maker and glassworks), a bakery, a funicular railroad, a Sami camp with reindeer, and a number of complete farmsteads. A zoo includes animals native to Sweden, as well as sections for exotic animals and a children's zoo.
- Drottningholm Palace – Located on the island of Lovö, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Dating from the 17th century, the palace is now the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family. In the picturesque, terraced park are bronze sculptures from Bohemia and Denmark, brought back as trophies of war. Be sure to check out the Chinese Pavilion, the 18th-century Palace Theatre and the Theatre Museum where one can see period stage costumes and stage scenery.
- Kiruna & the Ice Hotel – Kiruna is Sweden's northernmost town where the midnight sun is visible here from mid-May to mid-July. Due to subsidence caused by mining, the entire city is being slowly moved to the foot of the Luossavaara Mountain. The world's first ever Ice Hotel at Jukkasjärvi is about just outside the city. The hotel, with its stunning rooms and furnishings, is re-created each year in a new design, built from ice in the river Torne. In the summer, this is a centre for river rafting, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, and canoeing. Sweden's highest mountain, Kebnekaise, is 90 kms west of Kiruna.
- The Gota Canal - In addition to connecting lakes Vänern and Vättern and the Trollhätte Canal, it forms part of a water link all the way from Stockholm to Gothenburg. Featuring 47 bridges and 58 locks the canal stretches from Sjötorp at Lake Vänern to Söderköping on the Baltic Sea. There's a choice of passenger cruise vessels or one can hire a boat and experience the canal in your own way.
- Stockholm City Hall - The Hall was built between 1911 and 1923, using an astonishing eight million bricks. It is considered one of the finest examples of National Romanticism, designed by the architect Ragnar Östberg. The 106-meter-tall tower is topped by three crowns and the Nobel Prize, is presented here each year. On the tour, one will see the Blå Hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel dinner is held, and the Gyllene Salen, the Golden Hall, lined by 18 million gold mosaic tiles.
- Visby, Gotland - Quaint cobblestone streets snake about the town, and when exploring, it's all too easy to lose ones sense of being in the modern world. Adorned with stepped gables, many medieval trading houses remain, as well as some timber buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Visby's reputation as 'the pearl of the Baltic' and UNESCO World Heritage Site has 44 defensive towers, and the walls still bear the scars of attack in the form of two breaches.
- Liseberg There Park - It has a huge range of attractions, from children's carousels and a fairy-tale castle to adrenalin-pumping rides for speed demons, bumper cars, and four roller coasters. The park stages concerts in summer too and it's a real favorite with both Swedish families and visitors from abroad. At Christmas, the park hosts an excellent market. There are plenty of places to eat and beautiful flowers bloom during the summer.
- Oresund Bridge, Malmo - Since opening in 1999 after several decades in the planning, 'The Bridge' is an engineering marvel that links Sweden to Denmark, and in turn, the continent of Europe. The bridge is both rail and road, and on the Danish side, merges into a tunnel so as not to impact on aircraft at Copenhagen airport. One must take a trip across the bridge and through the tunnel to neighbouring Denmark.
- Sigtuna - Famous as being Sweden's first ever town and founded in AD 980, the last century of the Viking era, the idyllic village of Sigtuna nestles alongside Lake Mälaren in the lush green landscape of Uppland. Sigtuna's amazing history is to be found in the medieval churches, ruins, rune stones, and buildings that remain to this day. Along Storgatan, which has stood for more than a thousand years, are clusters of interesting little boutique shops selling fashion, designer items, and handicrafts.
Things You Must Do in Sweden
- Explore the Majestic Kalmar Castle - With an illuminating history that dates back to the 12th century, the majestic Kalmar Castle stands out for its architecture to interiors. Once can either explore the whole castle on their own or take a guided private tour.
- Indulge in Kayaking - One of such adrenaline raising experience it to indulge in kayaking or canoeing amidst the spectacular beauty of the crystal blue water and under the clear sparkling sky, one will surely will have the best time of your life and an incredible Swedish trip.
- Improve your photography skills - Fotografiska is a paradise especially for the photography enthusiasts. It is home to a wide range of high-end pictures that belong to the world-famous photographers, and as well to the opportunity for those who wish to learn everything about the art of photography. One can either attend these classes or maybe learn a thing or two from the exhibitions.
- Walk through the Garden Society - One amazing experience is to pay a visit to the Garden Society of Gothenburg, which is located in the walled city on the western coast of the country. Home to places like the Rosarium and Palm House, there’s plenty of colors to and picturesque surroundings that will leave visitors spellbound. Just don’t forget to take your camera along!.
- Go Wildlife Spotting at Kolmarden Park - Unlike the other wildlife parks, this park is an extraordinary place to calm both the adventurer and wildlife enthusiast in you. Home to 600 species of fauna, and offering thrilling rides like safari gondola ride or roller coaster, this place is an ultimate hub to have fun.
Food on the Plate
Due to Sweden's large North–South expanse, there are regional differences between the cuisine of North and South Sweden. Historically, in the far North, meats such as reindeer, and other game dishes were eaten, some of which have their roots in the Sami culture, while fresh vegetables have played a larger role in the South. Many traditional dishes employ simple, contrasting flavours, such as the traditional dish of meatballs and brown cream sauce with tart, pungent lingonberry jam.
The Swedish dishes that any traveller should try includes:
- Jansson’s temptation - This is a classic Swedish Christmas dish which consists of a creamy potato and anchovy casserole. The dish can be served at any time of the year, but the Swedes prefer to eat it during the holiday season.
- Raggmunk is a Swedish potato pancake that is fried in butter and is usually served with fried meat or the well-known Swedish lingonberries.
- Chives and Sour Cream ¬ typical Swedish way to eat chives and sour cream is together with fresh potatoes and salmon or pickled herring as a traditional lunch.
- Toast Skagen - A typical Swedish favorite type of bread, which can often be seen as a starter or in cafes. This includes sautéed bread along with prawns, whitefish roe, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and fresh dill.
- Saffron & Cinnamon Buns - The saffron buns are often baked for the time of ‘Lucia’ in the beginning of December. Another popular pastry is the cinnamon bun, which arguably could be a Swedish favourite. The sticky treat can be served year-round in Sweden and is most often paired with a coffee during the morning or for special occasions.
Overseas Travel Medical Insurance Sweden
Since Sweden is a country which is part of the Schengen countries in Europe, the traveller needs to purchase good and adequate India travel medical insurance for Sweden satisfying the Schengen visa requirements.
Travel health insurance India for Sweden is relatively cheaper when compared to destinations in Americas, and most insurance companies offer a specific Schengen Insurance Plan
. One must ensure that the minimum Accident & Sickness (A&S) sum insured for a Schengen plan must be €30,000 (around $50,000), and a visa to visit any Schengen country will not be provided without this minimum coverage.
The insured must purchase an “Excluding Americas” Plan, if they are travelling to other destinations that don’t include only Schengen countries.
Illustration for 15 days Indian traveller medical insurance to Sweden.
|Sum Insured($USD or €Euro) / Premium in Rs. INR
||Insured Age 32
||Insured Age 62
|Schengen - €30,000
|Schengen - €50,000
|Excluding - $50,000
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