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General information: www.visit-sweden.comwww.gosweden.orgwww.search-beat.com/sweden.htmcityguide.se
Malmo: www.malmo.comDid you know:About 8.8 million people live in Sweden, which is about the
size of California.
King Carl Gustaf XVI is the beloved king, but prime minister
Goran Persson is the acting head of state.
Banks generally close weekdays at 3 p.m. and are shut weekends,
but Forex money exchange centers, which offer the most generous
rates, remain open until 9 p.m. daily. One dollar equals 8.41 krona
at the current official exchange rate.
Except for major department stores, shops -- even those in
tourist areas -- are usually stangt (closed) by 6 p.m. weekdays and
by 1 p.m. Saturdays. Forget about Sundays. Thank heaven for the
ex-patriot 7-11s, which seem to be always open.
Restaurant checks include the tip. Suggestion: Round off the
bill to the next 10K for excellent service.
Clients can save a bundle with key-to-the-city cards, which are
available at tourist bureaus. They are good for museums, parking,
You can pay for a cab ride with a credit card.
There is more to Swedish food than smorgasbord (that is, if you
are still hungry). Try smorgas, an open-faced sandwich; pytt i
panna, a melange of cubes of fried meat, potatos, beats and a fried
egg, or plattar, the pancakes that accompany pea soup,
traditionally served for lunch on Thursday.
Coffee is king in Sweden, but if your beverage of choice is
beer try two Gothenberg brews, Pripps on draft and Bombardier
bitter ale, or Mariestads, which is brewed outside Stockholm. On
the wagon? Loka is water bottled at the springs of Berlslagen.
Tax-free shopping is available for tourists, but they must
spend at least 200 krona (about $24) in one store to receive refund
checks, which are redeemable at airports or can be mailed from
Visitors need the round, two-pin plug adapters to connect
appliances to the 220V electric current. Portable computers that
only can use 110 volts require a transformer.
The famous Padden sightseeing boats in Gothenburg and the day
cruises out of Stockholm shut down for the winter until early
Mora, in the beautiful Lake Dalarna recreational area in
central Sweden, is stunningly still in the shoulder seasons until
activities pick up for great skiing in the winter and water sports
in the summer.
In Stockholm, it is light from 3.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. much of the
summer. As you might expect, it is only light from 9.30 a.m. to 3
p.m. in winter.
The Valasaloppet is a 50-mile ski race, not a cute, furry
animal. By the way, what Swedes call an elk we call a moose.
Uppsala is the oldest university town in Sweden.
The Oresund Fixed Link bridge and tunnel, which will connect
Malmo, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark, is on schedule to open June
Visitors can get great buys at the glassworks in the "Crystal
Kingdom" in southern Sweden. "Seconds," with virtually undetectable
flaws, are a steal.
Gothenburg is closer to Norway and Denmark than it is to
You can get all the information you need about tourism to
Sweden by calling the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council at (212)
885-9700; fax (212) 885-9764.Quick trip to the city
Stockholm (Gamla Stan, the old city)
What to see: The Royal Palace, St. George and the Dragon,
Stortorget (the site of the Bloodbath of Stockholm in 1520).
Where to stay: The Victory Hotel in Gamla Stan (e-mail: [email protected]).
Where to shop: Tomtar & Troll, for mink-covered trolls and
handmade witch figures (Osterlanggatan45); Slottsbutiken,
children's knit hats that look like strawberries (Osterlanggatan
3), and Fartygsmagazinet, maritime specialties such as spyglasses,
ship models, star globes and diving helmets (sterlanggatan
Where to eat: Den Gyldyn Freden (Osterlanggatn 51) and Restaurang
Leijontornet (Lilla Nygatan 5).
What to see: the onion-domed Gustavianum Museum, including the
Augsburg box; the 12th century Uppsala church; Linnaeus
Where to shop: the Gustavianum giftshop, for knit-your-own viking
hats, books and souvenirs.
Where to eat: The Odinsburg Restaurant in Old Uppsala, for mead
served in a horn.
What to see: Bear Park, in Orsa; the Zorn Museum; the Valosoppet
(50-mile ski race) Museum.
Where to stay: The First Hotel Mora (www.firsthotels.se)
Where to Shop: Nils Olsson Hemslojd factory and shop in nearby
Nusnas for original Dala horses and locally made handcrafts.
Where to eat: Galicia (lunch, lite dinner), for individual
What to see: The Goteborg Konstmusem; the Maritime Center; the
264-foot-high Goteborgs-Utkiken, or "the red lipstick" building;
Haga, the Greenwich Village of Gothenburg; the Fish Church
Where to stay: The Provobis Europa (www.provobis.se).
Where to shop: Kalika, handmade crafts for children (Sodra
Lermgatan 12); Lerverk Gallery, glass and porcelain works by local
artists (Vastra Hamngatan 24-26).
Where to eat: Solrosen, one of two vegetarian restaurants in Sweden
(Kaponjargatan 4a); Sjomagasinet (Killpans Kulturreservat), seafood
house located in building built by the East India Co. in 1775 as a
What to see: Apoteket Lejonet, functioning apothecary shop from
1898; Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art; Malmohus Museum complex
(set in a castle complete with a moat).
Where to stay: Hotel Kramer ( www.provobis.se).
Where to shop: Oresund Fixed Link Exhibition and Gift Shop.
Where to eat: Spot, artfully prepared Swedish and continental
dishes (Stora Nygatan 33); Restaurang Årstiderna i Kockska Huset
(Frans Suellsgatan 3).
Driving in Sweden is a breeze. No toll roads, little or no
traffic, modern and well-signed highways. It is, however,
expensive. Gas costs about 8.25 krona (98 cents) a liter, which
translates into a hefty $3.77 a gallon. That can add up if a
motorist is attempting to navigate hunks of Sweden's 171,731-mile
landmass. Here are a few driving tips:Fade to the right of the road, sometimes into the shoulder, to
allow other cars to pass. Courtesy is the operative code of conduct
for motorists. You won't hear many honking horns in Sweden.
When approaching a big city, look for a sign that says
"centrum." That's the center of town, and probably the place where
your hotel is located.
Don't drink and drive, especially in Sweden. Penalties for
driving under the influence are sudden and uncompromising. The
penalties include license revocation, stiff fines and even
imprisonment, and tourists get no breaks.
Hertz, Avis, National, Europcar and Interrent have rental car
outlets throughout the country, and several operators offer
fly-drive packages, including SAS Scandinavian Vacations, Nelson
World Travel and Bennett Tours.
There are any number of guide books that can help enrich a
visitor's trip to Sweden, but the Blue Guide, which is available at
most major U.S. bookstores, is particularly suited to a
city-to-city auto excursion. Written by Mary Alderton, a language
teacher and travel journalist, the Blue Guide offers clear and
precise driving instructions on how to go from here to there. For
example, going from Malmo to Gothenburg, she advises, "At 17 km,
Road 16 goes to Lund, and 1 km along this road is Fjelie, a [12th
century] church that has wall paintings from midieval times and a
modern astronomical clock."
Information like that helps to turn a long car trip into several
interesting short ones. Oddly, the guide is a bit short on maps,
however. The book, which sells for about $24, is published in the
U.S. by the W.W. Norton Co. in New York.