Business hours

Businesses are usually open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Some government offices may have different business hours.

Stores are generally open from 10.00am to 6.00pm, some several hours later on weekdays and generally from 10.00am to 4.00pm on weekends, though this varies between establishments.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year's Day
Epiphany in January
May 1 – Labour Day
Ascension in May
June 6 – National Day
Midsummer’s Eve in June
All Saint’s Eve in November
December 24-26 – Christmas


Sweden has warm but short summers and moderate cold winters tempered by the Gulf Stream from the west. Although the summers, May to August, can be quite hot at times, it is always advisable to bring warm and waterproof clothes. Swedes tend to dress casually, but for business meetings, elegant restaurants and social functions, formal dress is expected.

For weather details in Sweden, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.


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The official currency is the Swedish krona (SEK).

Banks and Money

Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted and ATMs are widely used and available.

Time zones and time differences

Sweden is eight hours in summer and 10 hours in winter behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Stockholm, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Sweden's country code is +46.

For calls to Sweden from Australia dial: 0011 + 46 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Sweden to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

Sweden’s power supply is 240 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The round two-prong plugs are the most common.

European round pin adaptors will work in Sweden.

Tap water is safe to drink in Sweden.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Sweden is a popular tourist destination. For more information, visit the Swedish Tourism Board.

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