Whenever you plan to travel to a foreign destination, we always recommend running a search on the destination. While the idea of an impromptu trip does excite us, we believe in the dogma of being safe rather than sorry.
Granted Sweden is one of those nations where you do not really have to worry much about safety and security, yet in order to explore the country to the hilt, we always recommend having some specific travel tips handy. So, here are some of the things you should know before you pack your bags for Sweden.
1. The Foreign Language
If you are a native English speaker, you need to know that a large part of the Swedish population might not be fluent in English. The official languages spoken here are Swedish, Yiddish, Finnish and Romani. So, if you would like to avoid communication hassles, you can try picking up one of these languages or else hope to bump into people who are conversant in English.
Ideally, with a little help, you should be able to explain your point, but if you are multi-linguist, learning these languages could definitely help you out.
2. Don’t Skip the Line
Sweden is known for their disciplinary attitude. They have an amazingly organized queuing system. No matter, where you go; whether it is for the grocery or it is a tourist spot, be prepared to take a number and then stand in a queue till your turn comes. So, no messing around with people after all slow and steady wins the race. This makes for an orderly arrangement.
3. Island Hopping is a Must
No matter how many days you are going to stay in Sweden, there is just about no way you can miss out on island hopping. Archipelagos can be found in almost all corners, be it north, east, west or south. Most of the islands are accessible by private boat and you should make it a point to visit at least the popular ones as this is the only way you will get to cherish the true feel of Sweden.
4. Recycle is Must
When in Sweden, be prepared to see tons of recycled stuff. Swedes are known to be one of the most avid recyclers in the world and they recycle almost all the stuff ranging from soft plastics to garden waste, clear glass, magazines, colored glass and what not.
If you happen to take an accommodation in a native’s house, you will find at least three waste bins there so as to stock multiple products to recycle. This is mainly done to promote the green culture which is strongly implemented in the whole of Sweden and makes the country so beautiful and sustainable.
5. Easy to Explore
When in Sweden, try and avoid cabs as they can be exorbitantly expensive. The whole country is well connected by cycles and public transport. You will find one of the best networks of trains, buses, and coaches. Infact, Swebus express is the largest bus operator. Along with it, hopping from one island to the other is also easy with private boats.
So, unless you have a lot of money to splurge, we recommend taking the public transport and avoiding private buses and cabs. Also, it is really important to add here that some of the local buses do not even accept cash. There is a prepaid bus card which you can get and you should have that if you want to travel by bus.
6. Alcohol Store
If you are up for some drinks, you may want to know that there is just one store which has a monopoly when it comes to the retail selling of alcohol. However, you will still need to be 20 years or older in order to buy it. The drinking age is 18 in the country. Most of the towns have one Systembolaget which is the store allowing the sale of alcohol. This was done mainly to control the consumption of alcohol in the country and also to ensure that there is no over pricing. You can stock up on the duty-free alcohol when you are off to Sweden but remember that the local stores and even the gas stations have no permission to sell either hard alcohol or wine.
So, know these tips and then plan a safe and perfect trip to this European paradise. We are sure that you will have a wonderful time there.