1st of December - 15th of April
1st of November - 15th of May
Time & Daylight hours
From early May until late August, Sweden’s sun lights the night and lengthens your sightseeing days.
Sunrise and Sunset in Luleå and Kiruna
The following table shows the approx. time of sunrise and sunset in Luleå and Kiruna.
Sweden has Central European Time, which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time in winter and 2 hours ahead in summer.
Daylight savings time
Daylight saving time (put your clock 1 hour forward) is in effect from the last weekend in March to the last weekend in October, changing during the night between Saturday and Sunday.
The Midnight Sun is visible 24 hours a day as follows:
The Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis, are the fluttering and bright lights that can be observed in the sky over the northernmost parts of the world. The best viewing areas in Sweden are above the Arctic Circle between September and March.
As the phenomenon is caused by energy from the sun carried towards Earth on the solar winds, you are not guaranteed a sighting.
Generally temperate climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. Above the Arctic Circle, winter can be described as crisp and invigorating.
In the south, winter is generally mild with an average temperature above 0C/32F degrees, but temperatures can vary markedly in different parts of the country.
Sweden’s northerly position has a definite summer advantage in that temperatures are rarely extreme and humidity levels are not high.
The average daytime temperatures are:
Currency & prices
The monetary unit in Sweden is the krona (plural “kronor”) and equals 100 öre. Banknotes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor, coins 1, 5 and 10 kronor.
There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency that may be taken into Sweden.
In January 2002, the euro replaced 12 national currencies as the single currency of these European nations: Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Portugal and Finland, with Finland as the single Nordic country participating. Sweden has yet to ratify the euro treaty.
Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Sweden at banks, hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies, and for air, sea and train tickets. Most shops and restaurants require identity cards when paying by credit card. You can obtain cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bankomat” or “Minuten” cash dispenser.
Travellers’ cheques are generally accepted as payment throughout Sweden. Change is given in Swedish kronor. Please note that a nominal fee is charged when using the cheques as payment.
The Right of Public Access
The Swedish countryside is open to everyone. You are allowed to walk, jog, cycle, ride or ski through the forests and countryside and across other people’s land, provided you do not cause any damage to crops, tree plantations or other sensitive land.
Don’t disturb and don’t destroy – that’s the main rule when it comes to understanding the Swedish Right of Public Access (“Allemansrätten”). Visitors to the countryside are requested to observe a few common-sense guidelines:
- Please show care and consideration towards other people, animals, plants and wildlife.
- You are generally allowed to walk across other people’s land and sail on their water provided that you don’t get too close to houses or walk over gardens or on land under seed or crops.
- You may pick wild berries, mushrooms and wild flowers, provided that they are not protected species.
- Naturally, you must not cut down trees or bushes, nor are you allowed to break branches or strip the bark off trees.
- You can swim, moor your boat and go ashore, provided you do not go too close to houses or land in a prohibited area.
- Please do not camp close to houses, and do ask the landowner for permission if you wish to pitch a group of tents or stay in one place for any length of time.
- Please do not light a fire if there is any risk of it spreading. Fires must not be lit on bare rocks because they may crack and split. Instead, use a stove or barbecue grill.
- Show consideration for animals and wildlife, and do not disturb nests or young.
- You are not allowed to drive cars, caravans, motor homes, motorbikes or mopeds off-road.
- Free fishing along Sweden’s coasts and archipelagos is allowed only with rod and line.
Area: 450,000 km² (174,000 sq. mi.), third largest country in Western Europe
- Forests: 53%
- Mountains: 17%
- Cultivated land: 8%
- Lakes and rivers: 9%
- Longest north-south distance: 1,574 km (978 mi.)
- Longest east-west distance: 499 km (310 mi.)
Population: 9 million inhabitants
Languages: Swedish; recognized minority languages: Sámi (Lapp), Finnish, Meänkieli (Tornedalen Finnish), Yiddish, Romani Chib (a roma language)
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy
Parliament: The Riksdag, with 349 members in a single chamber
Religion: 82% belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden
Average life expectancy: men 77 years, women 82 years
Most important export goods: Paper products, electrical and computer equipment, motor vehicles, machinery, chemical products, pharmaceuticals, iron and steel, foodstuffs
Main imports: Petroleum products, motor vehicles and accessories, machinery, electrical and computer equipment, foodstuffs, textile products, footwear