VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Sweden
To travel to Sweden, you need to apply for a Schengen visa. To do this, the following documents must be submitted to the Embassy of the country:
– a completed application form
– two color photographs 35×40 mm
– a foreign passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of the end of the intended trip
– a copy of the first page of the foreign passport with personal data of the owner
– copies all pages of the civil passport
– confirmation of the full payment of the hotel or confirmation of your trip from a travel agency
– a certificate from the place of work on the form with the details of the organization and indicating the position and salary, for students – a certificate from the educational institution
– documentary evidence of sufficient funds for the trip, for example, a bank statement
– medical insurance, with a coverage amount of at least 30,000 euros or 35,000 US dollars
– for men of military age – a copy of a military ID or registration certificate
– for children under 18 – the original and a copy of the notarized consent of the parents to the child’s departure abroad, the original and a copy of the child’s birth certificate
. A consular fee is charged for issuing a visa.
Import of national and foreign currency is not limited. The export of foreign currency is not limited, the national currency can be exported in an amount not exceeding 6 thousand kroons. Duty-free import of up to 1 liter of liqueurs or up to 2 liters of fortified wine, up to 2 liters of table wine, up to 15 liters of beer, up to 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250 gr. tobacco, up to 500 gr. coffee and 100 gr. tea, up to 50 gr. perfumes, up to 250 ml of aftershave lotion, and other personal items worth no more than 1,700 SEK.
It is forbidden to import food (with the exception of tea and coffee), animals and plants without special permits, drugs and doping agents. With a special permit, weapons, flammable and explosive substances, art objects can be exported.
Embassy in Sweden
Sweden, embassy in Moscow
Metro stations Kievskaya or Universitet, Mosfilmovskaya st., 60
Sweden, website of the embassy: http://www.swedenabroad.com/pages/ start____28664.asp
Sweden, Russian Embassy in the country:
Stockholm, Sverige, Gjorwellsgatan 31
Tel.: 13 – 04 – 40, 618 – 53 – 38.
Fax: 618 – 27 – 03.
Communications in Sweden
In cities, pay phones are installed on the streets, from which you can call anywhere in the world. They work with phone cards and regular credit cards.
In order to call to Russia, you need to dial 009 – 7 – area code – subscriber number.
In order to call Sweden, you need to dial 8 – 10 – 46 – area code – subscriber number. The area code for Stockholm is 8.
Emergency Phones in Sweden
Unified ambulance, police and fire service – 112 or 9-00-00.
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year’s Day
May 1 – Labor Day
June 6 – Independence Day
June 24 – Midsummer Festival
December 25 – Christmas
Sweden has many festivals throughout the year. It all starts in winter, when in the north of Sweden, in the city of Kiruna, from January 24 to 28, the annual Snow Festival takes place. At this time, they hold an ice sculpture competition, arrange reindeer and dog sledding. Midsummer Festival Midsomar is celebrated in the summer on the longest day of the year, on the Saturday closest to June 24th. An analogue of this holiday is the Russian holiday of Ivan Kupala. According to legend, all evil spirits are especially active on the night of Midsomar. The main celebrations are on the evening before the holiday. The Swedes get together, sing drinking songs, eat dishes from young potatoes, herring and strawberries with cream.
Every summer in Gothenburg, a grandiose holiday “Gothenburg Party” is held, during which musical and theatrical performances, dance marathons and festivals on Getaplatsen Square do not stop for four days.
In August, the island of Gotland traditionally hosts the annual Middle Ages Week.. At this time, the streets are filled with characters in medieval costumes, jousting tournaments are held everywhere, musical concerts are held, and dishes of medieval cuisine can also be tasted at the festival.
Of interest is the Baltic Music Festival, which is held in the capital at the end of August. In the south of the country, Saint Martin’s Day is celebrated on November 11, when there is a festival associated with the end of autumn work and the beginning of winter. On this day, a traditional roast goose is served on the table, and in many communes there are festive events. One of the most important events in the country is considered Nobel Day (December 10), when the famous Nobel Prizes in chemistry, physics, medicine, literature, economics and the “Peace Prize” are awarded.
All prices in Sweden are rounded to the nearest 0.5 kr.
Fishing is not allowed everywhere. In lakes Vänern, Vättern, Mälaren and Elmaren you can fish for free, in other waters you need to obtain a special permit from local information offices or sports shops. Fishing is strictly prohibited in privately owned water bodies.
According to thembaprograms, shops are open from 10:00 to 18:00, on Saturdays – from 10:00 to 16:00, on Sundays – from 12:00 to 16:00.
VAT is refunded to tourists and visitors from countries that are not members of the European Union, and only for goods purchased in shops participating in the duty-free system. You can get 14% of the purchase price if it exceeds $50. To do this, when registering the goods, you must present a passport and receive a special export check. It is necessary to take out the purchase within 30 days from the date of purchase, at a special office of the airport, upon presentation of a receipt and unpacked goods, a refund is issued.
don’t have to leave a tip for hotel service and taxi services, but in restaurants, if you liked the service, you can leave about 10% of the amount indicated on the bill.
Swedes are calm, even reserved, friendly.
Before you travel to Sweden, you must take out health insurance. Without insurance, going to the doctor will be paid.