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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
Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.
Despite being at the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, Sweden has a pleasant climate compared to those regions. Sweden's climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean flow off the west coast of Norway. Sweden's many lakes and the Gulf of Bothnia give Sweden a relatively mild climate.
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Geography and Politics
Sweden is a Scandinavian country in northern Europe, located between Norway and Finland. Sweden is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, in which the head of state is a monarch. It is a member of the European Union.
Tips and Payment
The official currency is the Swedish Krona. It is not mandatory to leave a tip since the bill in restaurants comes already with a service charge, but if you are satisfied with the service it is usual practice to leave a little extra.
Language and expressions to memorize
Sweden’s official language is Swedish. However, most of the population also speaks English. In Swedish, "hej" = hi; "snälla du" = please; "tack" = thank you; ”ursäkta” = sorry.
What to do
Be punctual, being on time when doing business is considered to be very important. Swedes usually enter the office on time and leave on time - the balance between work and personal life is highly valued. Swedes are practical, precise and reserved. When communicating, be clear and concise.
What not to do
Swedes are usually modest and dislike ostentation, or people who exhibit exaggeratedly what they have achieved.
What to wear
Choose a professional and neat style, but it can also be less formal and more relaxed. For meetings it may be safer to opt for something more formal - suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women.
When meeting someone for the first time, greet him or her with a handshake. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers to show your appreciation.