Sweden

With over 9.5m inhabitants and 450,000km², Sweden is the largest Nordic country. It is bordered by Norway, Finland, and connected to Denmark through a bridge. Famous for its welcoming capital, its Santa Claus-like landscapes in the northern parts of Laponia or its lakes in summers, Sweden is great for both outdoor life, gastronomy and shopping. Sweden is very safe overall, with a low crime rate, although some cities have some rough areas that tourists should better avoid. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Sweden and Stockholm and be aware of all potential dangers. Sweden is the 18th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

SAFETY INDEX

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Is Sweden A Safe or Dangerous Country?

Sweden is one of the safest European countries. Crimes rates are very low (although they have been rising since 1980), but the police force is very efficient. It is ranked 18th on the ranking of world’s safest countries. The main issues are alcohol-related violence, pickpockets, and natural hazards. In large towns like Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmo, intoxicated people often start fights around bars and nightclubs. These areas are heavily-policed, but arguments and aggression can still happen. Pickpockets may sometimes be an issue in touristic areas or at crowded events (see below on Stockholm). Bicycle theft is also an issue – remember to always lock your bike. There is a national toll-free number for emergencies, the 112. Recent terrorist attacks have happened in neighboring countries (France and  Belgium); and while tourists should raise their level of caution, the police presence has been greatly increased in large cities to deter further attacks. While very few tourists have been victims of these attacks, the terrorist threat is reflected in the safety ranking. Cold can be a more serious issue during winter in the Northern parts of the country. Trekking or Skiing can be dangerous for inexperienced adventurers. For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Sweden is a very safe country. It is ranked 18th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Sweden and Stockholm, around the train station and in public transport. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Sweden is a safe country regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Sweden. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Sweden.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There can be some occasional natural hazards (mostly meteorological) in Sweden.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Sweden has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Sweden is generally very safe for women travelers.

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Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona. As are most Nordic countries, it is expensive to live and travel in Sweden. Daily budgets average 1000 SEK (130USD per day) at least.
Sweden is better visited during summer (June-early September) to get the maximum amount of daylight and a mild weather. Snow enthusiasts will want to visit the North part of Sweden during winter.
The main international airports are the ones in Stockholm, Goteborg and the nearby Copenhagen one. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.