Sweden

Sweden

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The Kingdom of Sweden is located in northern Europe between Finland and Norway. The country has coastline on the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea, and Kattegat. The population is approximately 9 million people.

The government is a constitutional monarchy. A king is chief of state and a prime minister is head of government. A parliament, the Riksdag, is the legislative branch with members elected by popular vote. The monarchy is hereditary.

Sweden is one of the world's most highly developed countries and has one of the highest standards of living in the world. There is an extensive social security network that includes free education and medical care, pensions, vacations, and child care benefits.

Tourists can enjoy 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, many outdoor activities, museums, palaces, and Swedish culture and arts.

Currency SEK: Swedish krona
Language Swedish
Capital Stockholm
Recent Alerts None
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Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Sweden. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

Tick-borne encephalitis occurs in Sweden, particularly in the coastal area from Uppsala southwards to Kristianstad, including the archipelago around Stockholm and the islands of Gotland and Öland, as well as in the wooded areas around Götenborg. The counties particularly affected are Stockholm, Sodermanland, Uppsala and Västra Götaland counties. This disease occurs during the warmer months, most often in early and late summer when ticks are most active.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease occurs in Sweden. The highest risk occurs from exposure to ticks during camping and hiking in forested areas. Southern Sweden and the Aland Islands are at particularly high risk from May to November.

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk of hepatitis A in Sweden.

Hepatitis B

There is a low risk of hepatitis B in Sweden.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Sweden.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis Vaccine

Travellers who plan to visit this country during the summer months and hike or camp in rural or forested areas that provide a habitat for the ticks that carry the virus should consider obtaining this vaccine. This vaccine is only available in Europe.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Sweden.

None required.

Safety and Security in Sweden

Emergency Numbers

112

Personal Safety

Sweden is a safe country with a low crime rate. Travellers do not usually have any safety and security issues in Sweden. However, petty crime, such as pick-pocketing, does occur in busy tourist areas and transportation hubs. Ensure your personal belongings are kept safe.

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