Midsummer is the most important holiday in the Swedish calendar, centring on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice, with countrywide celebrations beginning on the Friday before with the raising of maypoles followed by partying long into the night. During the three-day weekend, many tourist attractions, shops and restaurants are closed. Other festivals and seasonal events include:
January - Kiruna Snow Festival, Lapland. Snow-sculpting competitions, reindeer-sled racing and other traditional and non-traditional events in Sweden's northernmost city.
January - Gothenburg International Film Festival. Feature, documentary and short film screenings and other events, seminars and parties.
February - Jokkmokk Winter Market. 400-year-old annual Sami market, featuring folk dancing, reindeer races and traditional food just inside the Arctic Circle.
February/March - Vasaloppet. Annual week-long ski festival centring on a 90km cross-country ski race between Sälen and Mora, commemorating future king Gustav Vasa's flight on skis from Kalmar Union troops in 1521.
March - House of Metal, Umeå. Two-day indoor hardcore rock festival.
30 April - Walpurgis Night. De facto half-day holiday when bonfires are lit to herald the spring, predominantly in the old university towns of Upsalla and Lund.
June - Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesburg. Annual three-day hard rock festival.
June - Smaka På, Stockholm. Week-long food festival and cooking competitions in Kungsträdgården.
July - Piteå Dansar, Norrbotten. Street carnival of music, dance, food and crafts.
July - Rättvik Folklore Festival. Celebration of international folk dancing on the shores of Lake Siljan.
July - Storsjöyran, Österjön. Three-day international music festival.
August - Visby Medieval Week. Gotland's medieval city hosts themed markets, games and a huge banquet.
August - Dalhalla Opera Festival, Rättvik. The venue is an amphitheatre with superb acoustics, carved out of an old limestone quarry.
August - Stockholm Pride. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parade and festival.
August - Way Out West, Gothenburg. Three-day rock, electronic and hip-hop festival including after-hours gigs at various venues around the city.
August - Kräftskivor (crayfish parties). Outdoor food and drink parties throughout Sweden mark the end of summer.
September - Öland's Harvest Festival, Borgholm. The island's artists, farmers, craftsmen and restaurants show off the best of Öland's produce over four days.
September - Lindingöloppet. The world's largest cross-country race, with classes for everyone from juniors to veterans aside from the main 30km event in Lindigö, northeast of Stockholm.
October - Stockholm Jazz Festival. International jazz and blues at various venues across the city, including Skeppsholmen island.
October - Hem & Villa, Stockholm. The country's largest interior design fair.
October/November - Umeå International Jazz Festival. Five days of concerts featuring Swedish and international artists.
November - Stockholm International Film Festival. Screenings of new international and independent Swedish films.
November/December - Gamla Stan Christmas Market. An annual institution since 1915 in Stockholm Old Town's main square featuring seasonal handicrafts and delicacies.
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Passports must be valid for the full duration of your stay. No additional period of validity is required.
Bank notes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor, and coins come in 1, 2, 5 and 10 kronor. Öre coins were discontinued in 2010. Goods may still be priced in öre, but sums are rounded to the nearest krona when paying in cash.
There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency you can take into Sweden.
ATMs are everywhere in towns and cities, and in rural areas you can usually withdraw money at kiosks or petrol stations.
Cash and EFTPOS
Always keep some cash on you for small purchases. If you wish to withdraw or exchange money over the counter, banks are normally open from 10 am to 3 pm from Monday to Friday only, with longer hours on Thursdays to 4 or 6 pm. Credit and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere, even for small amounts like parking fees.
Sweden is generally a little cheaper than its near neighbours, but with around 10 Swedish kronor to the pound at the time of writing, everyday goods can seem expensive to British travellers. Expect to pay around 30 kr for a coffee, 50 kr for a beer (500 ml draft or 33cl bottle) and 15 kr for a soft drink. A meal for two in a mid-range restaurant is from around 500 kr.