Sweden’s capital city spreads out over 14 islands in Lake Mälaren and looks out proudly to the Baltic Sea to the east, through the Stockholm archipelago. Her grand public buildings, palaces, rich cultural history and museums tell her 700 year-old history beautifully.
Stockholm is a city of great contrasts, where trends within music, design, fashion, and world re-known technology is born. This is also a capital with a rich history, with exciting architecture, museums, castles and an old town that dates from the 13th century.
The Swedish Capital is host to lots of trendy bars and world class restaurants, sitting side by side with historic cafés and cosy local restaurants. It is great for shopping with modern galleries, exclusive boutiques, as well as small and unique stores.
Stockholm is both urban and close to nature. Being built on 14 islands, where lake and sea meets, the water is always present. There are many parks (such as the Royal Djurgården) and green areas within the city, and just outside the city you’ll find easily accessible nature, with forests, lakes, and national parks. From the central parts of Stockholm, you can jump on a boat and be in the Stockholm archipelago within minutes, all year around.
Credit cards – If switching between different currencies during your trip sounds like a bother, it is good to know that credit and debit cards are accepted practically everywhere in Sweden… from the high-end boutiques to the corner hot dog kiosks. Even taxis take plastic. In fact, most Swedes carry very little cash and use credit and debit cards for almost all transactions. Keep also in mind that Sweden, and most of Europe for that matter, uses the chip-and-pin system (EMV) with their credit/debit cards so don’t be surprised when you are asked if you have a pin number when using your card. Don’t worry if you don’t have a chip-and-pin card… most places still accept cards with magnetic stripes!
Currency – The local currency is the Swedish Krona (SEK).
Customs – Please consult the Swedish Customs Regulations: https://sweden.visahq.com/customs/
Electricity – In Sweden the power sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Type F: also known as “Schuko”. This socket also works with plug C and plug E.
Emergency numbers – For all emergencies: 112
Language – Swedish is the national language of Sweden.
Official language of the Congress – The official congress language is English.
Safety – Stockholm is a very safe, friendly city for visitors and there are no “bad” neighbourhoods other than the recommendation to keep away from Stockholm Central station at night. If you get lost, you’ll quickly find out that most Swedes speak English and are happy to help you on your way.
Shopping – Stockholm shops are open Monday to Friday 10am to between 6pm (for large department stores) and 7pm (for smaller, boutique-style shops). Saturday shopping is possible between 10am and somewhere between 1 and 4pm. Once a week, usually on Monday or Friday, some of the larger stores are open from 9:30am to 7pm (July-Aug to 6pm).
Travel Insurance – A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is recommended. The Organising Secretariat as well as ERAS will not be held liable for illness, accidents or thefts suffered by Participants or Accompanying Persons during the Congress or their stay in Stockholm before, during or after the Congress. Participants are strongly recommended to seek insurance coverage for health and accident, lost luggage and trip cancellation.
VAT – The standard VAT rate (called MOMS in Sweden) is 25% with reduced rates of 12% and 6% for food, accommodation rental, books, newspapers and other goods and services. Examples of exempt supplies are healthcare, financial services and education. More information can be found on https://www.vatlive.com/country-guides/europe/sweden/swedish-vat-compliance-and-rates/
Visas – If your nationality is listed in the link below, you will require a visa to enter Sweden. Please tick the box and fill in the corresponding questionnaire in order to receive your visa invitation letter. Please note that the visa invitation letter will only be sent to participants who have paid their registration fee.
Please click here (http://visahq.com/) to check if you require a visa for Sweden
Please contact your travel agent or the nearest Swedish diplomatic authorities for further information. If they should need a visa, please apply early enough to allow sufficient handling time to the authorities.