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Summer is the perfect time to visit. To better enjoy the many parks and the islands of Djurgarden and Skeppsholmen. And everything else. Book a flight and see Stockholm...

From lake Mälaren

The city divides in 14 islands. That’s why the boat trip on the canals is an essential part of the experience. Or crossing some of the 57 bridges. Then, take a stroll on Gamla Stan (old city), including the very narrow street of Marten Trotzigs Gränd. And don’t forget to visit the major Royal Palace, which features 600 rooms and 7 floors!

From all perspectives

Stockholm’s bohemian artistic square is called Södermalm. Before having fun there, check the XVII century ship at the Vasa Museum or the international centre for photography, the Fotografiska. In wintertime, do consider taking a trip to the ski resorts of the Swedish Lapland.

Culture and Business

On a business trip, knowing the culture and customs of the country you are visiting can have a big impact on the success of your business.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your identity card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time.

Climate

Despite being at the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, Sweden has a pleasant climate in comparison to these countries. Sweden's climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean flow that flows off the west coast of Norway. Sweden's many lakes and the Gulf of Bothnia give Sweden a relatively mild climate.

Time zone

GMT + 1

Geography & politics

Sweden is a Scandinavian country in northern Europe, located between Norway and Finland. It is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, in which the head of state is a monarch. Sweden is a member of the European Union.

Tipping & paying

The official currency is the Swedish Krona. You don’t have to leave a tip in restaurants, since the bill already has a service charge added to the total. However, if you’re satisfied with the service, it’s normal to leave some extra change.

Languages & useful phrases

The official language of Sweden is Swedish. However, most of the population also speaks English. In Swedish, "hej" = hello; "snälla du" = please; "tack" = thank you; ”ursäkta” = sorry.

What you should do

Be on time, punctuality in business is very important. Swedes usually get to the office on time and leave on time—work-life balance is extremely valued. Swedes are practical, accurate and reserved. When communicating, be clear and concise.

What you shouldn’t do

Swedes are usually modest and don’t appreciate ostentation nor people who show what they achieve in an exaggerated way.

What to wear

Go for a professional and neat look, but you can be less formal and more relaxed. For meetings, it may be safer to choose something more formal—a suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women.

First impressions

When meeting someone for the first time, greet them with a handshake. If you’re invited to someone's house, take a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers as a thank you gesture.