There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Stockholm each year. The main ones are listed below:January 1: New Year's Day (national) April 30: Walpurgis Night (national)
This pagan festival dates back to the Vikings, who gathered around a bonfire each year at this time to bid farewell to winter. Today, in addition to a famous bonfire at Riddarholmen, Stockholm residents usher in the spring with folk dancing, torchlight processions, student choirs, and general merry-making on all of the Swedish capital's main squares.June 6: National Day (national)
Swedes celebrate their independence from Denmark and the election of King Gustav Vasa on this day in 1523. This commemorative day includes several official celebrations.First Friday between June 20-25: Midsummer's Eve (Midsommar - national)
After Christmas, this is the most important festival of the year in Sweden. To celebrate the summer solstice, Swedes raise the maypole and dance around it, especially in rural areas, also taking part in games and activities like wreath making. Families share a traditional meal consisting of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill. In Stockholm, people not leaving for the countryside decorate their homes lavishly, don traditional costumes and enjoy folk music, dancing and drinking.December 25: Christmas (national)
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The Stockholm's Arlanda International Airport, the largest in Sweden and the third largest in the Nordic countries, is located in the city of Sigtuna, about 42 kilometres (26 miles) north of the city centre.
The Swedish capital is served by a public transport system and urban infrastructures that allow visitors to explore the city easily.
Stockholm's Metro, the Tunnelbana (also known as the T-bana), with a network serving some 100 stations, is certainly the most convenient way to get around the city. Trains operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and until 3 a.m. on weekends.
Stockholm has an efficient network of bus routes offering extensive coverage of the city. Two routes are particularly of interest for visitors: bus line 7, which runs from Sergels Torg to Djurgården (Waldemarsudde stop), and bus line 54, which runs from Centralen to the museums in Ladugårdsgärdet park (Kallskärsgatan stop). SEK 32 (full fare) / SEK 22(reduced fare, for youths under 20 and seniors)
As much as possible, it is recommended to avoid driving in central Stockholm. The city plan makes traffic dense and parking is both scarce and pricey.
Taxis are plentiful in Stockholm. The initial charge is SEK 45, then SEK 10 to SEK 13 per kilometre.
Bikes are an excellent way to get around Stockholm. A particularly spread-out network of bike lanes ensures safety of all riders. City Bikes, a self-service bike rental system (available from April to October) spread around 150 stations across town makes them easy to use. For more information, visit : www.citybikes.se/home
Upon your arrival in Stockholm, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Stockholm Visitors Board
Offers information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Stockholm counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Sweden. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
There are no food safety risks in Stockholm.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Stockholm.
For stays of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay. As a general rule, travellers from all other countries are subject to visa requirements, although foreign nationals from certain countries may enter Sweden for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. For further information, visit the website of the Office of the Swedish Federal Foreign Office :
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Stockholm, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic Swedish phrases that will make your stay in Stockholm a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: God morgon
Good evening: God kväll/ God afton
No, thank you: Nej tack
Thank you very much: Tackar så mycket
I don't understand: Jag förstår inte.
Could you repeat?: Kan du ta om det där igen?
What time is it?: Vad är klockan?
Sorry: Ursäkta mig
Excuse me: Ursäkta mig
Train station: Tågsstation
I'm (…): Jag är (…).
I'm looking for (…): Jag letar efter (…).
How much is (...)?: Hur mycket kostar (...)?
Do you have (…)?: Har du (…)?
Where can I find (…)?: Var kan jag hitta (…)?
Where can I buy (…)?: Var kan jag köpa (…)?
I'd like (…): Jag skulle vilja
In Stockholm as in the rest of Sweden, a service charge is usually already included in restaurant bills and taxi fares, but you can certainly reward good service with a 10% tip.