Sweden was one of the countries that joined the EU in 2004 during its enlargement. The country joined the Schengen Area in 2007.
The Swedish government supports the creation of modern systems able to identify and screen individuals entering the Schengen Area, and more in general, the European Union.
Entry-Exit system and ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) are the two legislative tools that will change the way to travel in Europe in the next years. Although their aim is similar, ETIAS will be focused mostly on short-term journeys.
Starting from 2021 all travelers above 18 years old will be able to apply online for the permission to travel to Sweden. The online application cost is €7 and once the authorisation is approved it will last for five years. The authorisation will also allow travelers from visa-exempted countries to travel in other Countries part of the Schengen Area without requiring any other travel documents. Although the online authorisation is valid for five years, the maximum duration of stay in the EU is 90 days in a consecutive period of 180 days. If the traveler plans to have a longer stay in the Schengen area, a visa is required.
The landscape of Sweden encompasses mountain, hills, forests, rivers, lakes, islands and coastlines. The northern region is rugged with mountains that are covered by thick snow all year round. The mountains in the central part are lower with many forests and lakes. In the south, there are large fertile lowlands and sandy beaches along the coastline.
In terms of climate, Sweden is fortunate enough to have milder climate compared to other regions that are on the same latitudes. This is attributed by its position in the Gulf Stream and many lakes inland. The coldest month of the year is February. The northern part is colder than the south. July is described to the warmest period of the year. The Northern part lies in the Land off the Midnight Sun. Therefore, in the north the sun shines continuously throughout the peak summer months.
Dress to the weather: Light to mid-weight attire during summer. However, the weather changes rapidly during the day. Therefore, it’s advisable to bring extra sweater especially when you go out at night. Heavyweight clothes are highly recommended during winter.
Currency: Krona (SEK)
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
- Small Sami and Finnish speaking minorities
Calling Code: +46
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