Banks are generally open Monday through Friday 10 am - 3 pm. Many branch offices have additional opening hours in the late afternoon at least once a week.
The weather in the southern part of Sweden is cold from November to March. You will need winter clothing (coat, gloves, warm shoes, etc.) for this part of the year. At the University the general dress code for most events is smart casual. The conferment of doctoral degrees is an exception to this.
Driving in Sweden
Sweden, like most other European countries, drive on the right hand side. You must bring your driver's license whenever you drive. Driver's licenses from most non-EU/EES countries (except Japan and Switzerland) are valid in Sweden for one year. This may be extended for another year. After this time, you will be required to apply for a Swedish driver's licence. Read more at Transportstyrelsen.
Sweden uses 230V AC, 50 Hz.
The local public transportation system is operated by Östgötatrafiken and consists of buses, trains and trams. Find more information about tickets and a journey planner at Östgötatrafiken. You cannot buy tickets from the driver. Instead, you need to buy your ticket from Östgötatrafiken offices or from newsagents such as Pressbyrån or from any other store or shop displaying the Östgötatrafiken sign. You can also buy tickets by text message (if you have a Swedish mobile phone operator) or via the Östgötatrafiken app. The time schedule is very reliable and there are seldom delays. Some regional and airport buses will allow you to pay by credit card, or you can buy tickets in advance on the Internet.
Mobile telephones are widely used in Sweden. You should be able to use your own mobile from your home country if it’s not locked to a certain network. You can buy a prepaid SIM-card for your mobile phone easily in most shope. Common operators are Telia, Tele2, Comviq, 3, Telenor and Hallon.
Post offices and postal services
Nowadays, post offices are integrated into various shops, grocery stores, petrol stations etc. You can use them to send packages and buy stamps. To receive letters and packages, your address must include your name, street, apartmentt no and postcode. Larger packages must be collected at designated locations, e.g. selected food stores and petrol stations. For more information go to Postnord.
A list of important Swedish holidays can be found at Sweden.se.
The international country code for Sweden is 46. The area code for Linköping is (0)13 and for Norrköping (0)11. To call abroad from Sweden, dial 00 followed by the country code.
GMT 1. Time is written according to the European system. For example, 2 pm is written 14.00. Daylight saving time is used, i.e. the clocks are moved forward 1 hour at 2 am on the last Sunday of March and are moved back to normal time at 2 am on the last Sunday of October.
Dates are often written in the following order: year, month, day, e.g. 12 October 2014 is written 2014-10-12 (or just 141012), or 12/10 2014. American visitors in particular should take note that 12/10 does not mean the 10th of December.
Tap water in Sweden is safe to drink and of very good quality. You can always ask for a free glass of wahter in any restaurant or pub.
Sweden has four distinct seasons and temperatures vary greatly between the north and the south of the country. Bear in mind that the winters can reach very low temperatures.
Last updated: 2019-12-18