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Sweden 

By far the largest of the Nordic states, Sweden – or Sverige – offers plenty to entice its guests, with a richly layered past and an ever-alluring present that’s always à la mode. 

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The Kazakh eagle hunter
and his golden bird of prey

“On our last day in the Altai, we met an eagle hunter named Khairatkhan. There are around 250 eagle hunters left in the world practicing this vanishing art and most reside in the Mongolian Altai. Hunters ride their horses with their eagles perched on their arms up to the top of the hill for a better vantage point before releasing the birds to hunt foxes, rabbits and occasionally, wolves. He said that they raise and feed these golden eagles even before they can fly. But these eagles are born wild so once they’re released, they will never return.”

– Kay Lam

Nomadic migration
on horseback in the Altai

“We were the first outsiders to horse trek with two Mongolian Kazakh families migrating 100km across the Altai from their winter home to their summer home. We rode semi-wild horses and herded over 300 animals through gorgeous terrain over three days, which was nothing short of magical.

On day two, we set up camp by a glacial lake located across the Chinese border in Khorimdik Valley. None of our crew or guides had ever been to this remote and magical location before, and we had only come to know of it through our nomadic family.”

– Yohei Ueno

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A Swedish Sojourn: From Stockholm to the Arctic Circle

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Immersive Sweden Experiences

Sweden Travel Tips & Insights

Sweden lies in Northern Europe, in the region of Scandinavia. Sweden’s land is blessed with lush greenery and with 100,000 lakes dotting the entire territory. The country also has over 24,000 islands that are open for you to explore. 

Sweden is bordered by two countries, Norway on the West and Finland on the Northeast. The Eastern border of Sweden opens to the Baltic Sea and three stretches of water - the Skagerrak, the Kattegat, and the Öresund straits – separates Sweden from Denmark.  

The country’s territory is long and narrow, with an area of slightly larger than 450,650 square kilometres. The Northwest of the country features mountains and lakes. The highest mountain in Sweden is the Kebnekaise, which is part of the Scandinavian Mountain range, standing at 2,096 metres above sea level. The Southeast of the country features more forests, fertile valleys, and plains. The coast of Sweden is lined with bays and inlets.       

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. The city is built upon several islands as well as parts of the mainland. The city is connected by more than 50 bridges and has over 90 beaches. The city also has an abundance of green spaces, that allows them to not just enjoy the park, but has spaces for people to swim as well.

The currency of Sweden is the krona SEK, and 1 krona can be subdivided into 100 öre. It is issued in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and1,000 kronor notes, and 1, 2, 5,10, 20 and 50 kronor coins. Some of the older coins and notes are no longer legal tender since 2017. Please note that you are not allowed to pay in Euro or other currencies.      

As of Jul 2022, the prevailing exchange rate is approximately 0.14 SGD to 1 Swedish kroner.       

ATMs (also known locally as Bankomat or Uttagsautomat) can be found at airports and in Sweden’s major cities and towns. Money can be withdrawn using international credit cards: MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most ATMs. A small fee may be added based on the terms and conditions of your bank. To withdraw cash, a card with PIN and chip is required as the older cards with magnetic-stripe does not work.     

Sweden is a widely cashless society. Many shops, museums, restaurants, and taxis accept cards payment. The commonly accepted methods are Visa and MasterCard, AmericanExpress is also widely accepted but there could be some restrictions. However, it is still recommended to carry sufficient cash in smaller notes especially in smaller and rural areas.

As part of the Schengen region, visitors to Sweden will require a Schengen Visa, unless they have citizenship from a country without a visa requirement for entering the Schengen region. The specific type of visa will depend on the purpose of travel.

For visits less than 90 days, Singaporeans do not require a visa to visit the Schengen area.

Applications for Schengen visa (short-term stay of a max. of 90 days) can be submitted at the earliest 6 months before and at the latest 15 calendar days before traveling. Applicants need to submit a duly completed and signed visa application form and present the required supporting documents. In Singapore, application for a Schengen visa can be carried out at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre and usually takes 10 days, sometimes longer, to process, upon submission of complete documents. The processing fee for the visa is 80 Euros, 40 Euros for children, and a service fee of 34.13 Euro is payable to VFS as well.   

A Schengen visa grants you the right to stay in the entire Schengen region for a maximum of 90 days. The Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The climate of Sweden varies widely across time and regions.       

Different regions in Sweden experience different climates: Central and southern Sweden: the winters are short and quite cold, and summer temperatures are similar to those in southern England, but with a lot more hours of sunshine and daylight. Northeast meanwhile, the winters are severe, the more so as you travel further north, while the summers can be surprisingly warm. Far north, the winters are also severe, with snow lying year-round on elevated areas, and the summers are short and changeable. Because Sweden lies at a high latitude much of the country has very long hours of daylight in summer and very long nights in winter.

Transport ( if applicable )

The public transport system in Stockholm consists of the Metro, commuter fail, commuter ferries, trams, light railways, and buses. It covers a wide area inside and outside of the city and can bring you to most places in Sweden.

‍Purchasing a travelcard would be cheaper and more efficient if you are planning to use public transport for several days. These cards are available with varying time frames and allows you unlimited travel within that time frame. You can purchase these cards at all Metro stations or ticketing agents with the SL logo displayed on flags or stickers.

You may also opt for downloading the app – SL-Reseplanerare och biljetter – which allows you to buy both period and single tickets.

Bus
If you are travelling with the app or contactless card, you should tap on the green card reader. If you are travelling with the SL Access card, you should tap on the blue card reader.

Board the bus by the front, although there are some inspectors that admit passengers through the rear door in Stockholm’s city centre.

To disembark, you would have to push the stop button, and the word ‘Stannar’ will light up on the display in the bus. In some of the buses in Sweden, you would have to push a button to open the doors, the button is on the pole next to the door.

Metro and train
Most stations do have manned or automated barriers. If you are travelling with the app or contactless card, you should tap on the green card reader. If you are travelling with the SL Access card, you should tap on the blue card reader.
There are express trains that do not stop at every stop, they only operate during peak hours. Otherwise, all metros and trains will stop at every stop.

Light railway and trams
There are no ticket barriers in some stations. At certain stations, there are inspectors on board instead. At other stations, there are ticket posts for you to activate your single use travel card or to purchase tickets.

Commuter ferries
There are four commuter ferries. If there are no ticket barriers or ticket posts, you should show your ticket upon boarding.

The metro stations in Stockholm is also an art exhibition itself. Do take your time to appreciate the art as you travel.

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