Sweden is a country of forests and lakes. Growing plants here is complicated by the rocky terrain and poor soil, but forestry and mining have led to the growth of the economy of this country. Swedes are incredibly fond of nature and, despite the fact that many of them leave the country in winter to wait out the cold, in the summer they actively travel around their country. Sweden has its own unique feature, unlike many European countries, there are large uninhabited places left here. You can spend a whole day on the road and not meet a single person. Many tourists consider Sweden to be poor in historical sights, but this is absolutely not the case. On the territory of the state there are more than 1,400 fortresses of historical significance, about 2.5 thousand runic monuments, which are simply in the open air,
Geography of Sweden
According to Extrareference, Sweden lies in the north of Europe and borders Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast. In addition, the territory of Sweden includes two large islands: Gotland and Öland. Sweden has a mountainous relief, in the west of the country there is the highest point of the country – Kebnekase (2111 m). In the southern part, the relief is more flat and there are a huge number of lakes and rivers. In general, there are about 90,000 fresh water bodies in Sweden.
The area of Sweden is 449.964 km2. sq., occupies the 57th place in the world in terms of area.
The national currency is the Swedish krona (SEK).
The official language is Swedish.
Weather in Sweden
The country has a temperate climate, in summer the temperature rarely rises above +22 C, and in the mountains it may not exceed +17 C. Winter in Sweden is cold, the temperature can reach -16 C, and in the northern part of the country it can drop to -22 C. Precipitation depends on the relief, about 500-700 mm of precipitation falls annually on the flat areas, and about 1500-2000 mm on the western slopes of the mountains. In the off-season, sea air masses bring precipitation and wind. The most comfortable weather occurs in the middle of summer.
The city transport system of the capital consists of buses, trams, electric trains and metro. When traveling by public transport, you need to consider which part of the city you are going to, since its territory is divided into three tariff zones (A, B and C). For tourists, there are special travel tickets here, which make it possible to travel for a certain period of time an unlimited number of times. Such travel cards are not registered and can be transferred to other people. The bus transport system of Stockholm is the most extensive in the world, with a total of 450 bus routes in the city. Buses always run according to the schedule, some routes run only on a certain day of the week or time of day. There are a huge number of taxi companies in Sweden, so they charge different prices. It is advisable to use only licensed taxis, they always have a meter. It is easy to distinguish such a taxi – they always have yellow numbers. It is quite difficult to catch a taxi on the street, it is best to call the company and order a car. At the request of the client, taxi drivers always issue a receipt.
Currency exchange in Norway
As of October 2011, the national currency rate is 1 USD = 6.9 SEK. The national currency is the Swedish krona. On weekdays, Swedish banks are open from 09.30 to 15.00, and some until 18.00. Exchange offices at airports and seaports are open seven days a week. Some exchange offices charge a commission for the exchange, and some have a fixed fee. The exchange rate is always posted in front of the exchange office. In any part of the country, travelers checks and credit cards are accepted for payment.
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Basically, a significant part of the population is represented by Christians (Protestants, Lutherans), but other religions are also widespread.
An amazing order is maintained on the Swedish streets, even littering in the wrong places is considered not only bad form, but can also entail the payment of a rather large fine. The level of security in the country is very high.
For the period of stay in Sweden, it is advisable to take out medical insurance, which, if necessary, will cover the costs of treatment. Medical services are quite expensive. A day in the hospital can cost 200-250 kroons, and a simple visit to a doctor will cost at least 100 kroons.