Stockholm Visitors Board
Michael Cavén

Welcome to Stockholm - the Capital of Scandinavia!

Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden, built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The city is a lively, cosmopolitan place with both modern Scandinavian architecture and an abundance of green space.
Stockholm is one of the most beautiful major cities in the world, a mirage of saffron- and terracotta-coloured buildings shimmering between blue water and bluer skies all summer. It is also a vibrant, modern city, famous for producing sleek designs, edgy fashion and world-class nightclubs.
Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces, giving Stockholm perhaps the freshest air of any European capital.
Most of the city's attractions can be reached on foot, and there’s a good chance of experiencing a lot of things in a short time.
Do not miss Gamla Stan, Stockholm's oldest attraction and one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the world. Walk through small winding streets lined with stores full of handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. The Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral are also located in Gamla Stan.

The official language in Stockholm is Swedish. However, many people in Sweden speak English. Please note that English is the official language of AS2016.

Despite its northern location, Stockholm has fairly mild temperatures throughout the year. As a result of its northerly latitude, the city sees a huge seasonal variation in sunlight, from more than 18 hours of daylight around midsummer. Stockholm enjoys an average of nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine a year. The month of September is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 18°C to 14°C over the course of the month, exceeding 21°C or dropping below 12°C only one day in ten.

Currency, Credit Card and Exchanging Money
Sweden is one of three EU countries (along with Denmark and the UK) that opted to keep their currency and not use the Euro. The currency in Sweden is called the Swedish crown, or the krona (SEK).  Credit and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Stockholm. Forex is the place to exchange money or buy SEK. They are found throughout the city at 17 locations, including Arlanda, the train station, NK department store and the Old Town. They have good exchange rates there and do money transfers as well.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Sweden are one of the two European standard electrical socket types, and usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC.

Stockholm is a little more than a two-hour flight away from major European cities like London and Paris. With flight connections from all over the world, visitors will have an easy time of reaching the Capital of Scandinavia.
Thanks to Stockholm’s safe, punctual and efficient public transport system, visitors can quickly travel between different locations.

Stockholm is situated at the heart of Scandinavia, and most of Europe is reachable within three hours. There are 4 international airports in Stockholm.

1 - Stockholm-Arlanda Airport -
Key hub for flights to major destinations in Europe as well as the rest of the world. It is situated 40km (25mi) north of the city. For more information about Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, airlines, timetables, VIP Service etc. The Arlanda express train takes you from Arlanda Airport to the city center. Departure: every 15 minutes (for most of the day). Travel time: 20 minutes. There is also a coach service departing every 10-15 minutes between Arlanda Airport and the City Terminal (located next to the Central Station). Travel time: 35-40 minutes.

2 - Stockholm-Bromma Airport-
Stockholm-Bromma Airport is a small city-airport offering both scheduled (mainly domestic) and charter flights. It’s located conveniently close to central Stockholm (20 minutes by bus). 

3 - Stockholm-Skavsta Airport -
Stockholm Skavsta Airport is located 100 km south west of central Stockholm. The airport is a hub for Ryanair and other low cost airlines and offers direct flights to several destinations in Europe (80 minutes by bus from central Stockholm). 

4 - Stockholm-Västerås Airport -
Stockholm Västerås Airport is located 100 km north west of central Stockholm. The airport is served chiefly by the low-fare airline Ryanair.

All above airports offer coach services with departures timed with arrivals and departures at the airports. Travel time: 15-20 minutes (Bromma), 80 minutes (Skavsta) and 75 minutes (Västerås).

There are many taxi companies to choose from in Stockholm. Approved taxis with metered fares always bear yellow number plates. Credit cards are readily accepted.
Taxi prices are not regulated in Sweden; they may vary greatly. It is the customer’s responsibility to check prices beforehand. Check the price on the yellow-and-white label (as per the picture below), which is usually on the rear door window, before entering the vehicle. The highest unit price of most taxis is between SEK 350 - 440. The price on the yellow label is based on a 10 km, 15-minute journey.
The price indicated on the taximeter is in Swedish kronor. For trips to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport the major taxi companies have fixed prices of between SEK 550-600. Always ask the driver beforehand. In addition to the major taxi companies there are several independent firms; caution is advised. You can easily get hold of a taxi by calling a taxi company, hailing one on the street or by taking a one from a rank, e.g. at NK on Hamngatan.

Recommended taxi companies:
Taxi Stockholm
Taxi Kurir
Taxi 020