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SWEDEN IN BRIEF

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OUR TOP PICKS

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WHEN TO TRAVEL

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PASSPORT & VISA

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ARRIVING IN SWEDEN

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VACCINATION & TRAVEL INSURANCE

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MISCELLANEOUS

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SWEDEN IN BRIEF

A country which is known for its limitless fashion statements, unfathomable brilliance in design and architecture, and the pride with which it celebrates its rich history, Sweden is a behemoth when it comes to, well, fun.

Wholesome and rich in culture, this society takes tourism to a whole other level. This glorious country is famous for the museums like the Vasamuseet, the Stockholm bridges, the historic Gammelstad, the magical Lapland,

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and the iconic Icehotel. The inspiring decor, the gustatory pleasures of its unique cuisine, and the sheer aesthetic beauty of the place are all truly worth falling for.

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Drottningholm Palace

Ice Hotel and Kiruna

1 km from the city centre of Stockholm, the fairy tale palace lies on the island of Lovo and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Stroll through the beautiful terraced park filled with bronze sculptures from Bohemia and Denmark surrounding this monument which is the official residence of the Royal Family.

Sweden’s northernmost city, Kiruna, boasts the highest concentration of restaurants and lodgings in this corner of the country including the Ice Hotel which is located 17km away. Dedicate yourself to the admiration of the creative genius of the Ice Hotel today, with its wide range of ice rooms and suites and variance of the like.

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Lappish Wilderness

Northern Lights

The Safari takes you through the arctic forests of Lapland, one of Sweden’s most treasured scenic areas. Tour across the Lappish wilderness on a snowmobile, keeping an eye out for the odd sighting of wildlife and a trying a hand at ice fishing.

Once the dusk sets in and it has painted a nice shade of grey against the sky for the Aurora Borealis to make its appearance, embark on a snowmobile trip along the wilderness to the site of wonderment. With luck, the lights appear and you lose yourself in that moment of sublime beauty and as close as some could come to witnessing magic.

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WHEN TO TRAVEL Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Ideal time to visit Sweden is from May to August. Weather is warm and pleasant, and there are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy such as swimming, city tour or just walking along the beaches especially in South. In the north, it is the perfect time to see the Midnight Sun or go on hiking trails. First snow falls in September and by November the whole region is covered in a blanket of snow that lasts until March or April. Winter is a great time to go to Sweden if you are hoping to catch a glimpse of Northern lights over Abisko National Park. February, March and December are perfect for skiing. Sweden has over 200 ski resorts all over the country.

Best Weather

Best Time To Visit

May - August

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High Season June - August

Low Season

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PASSPORT & VISA In order to visit Sweden you may need an entry visa. In order to improve the services to applicants and facilitate visa processing, the Embassy of Sweden has commissioned VFS Global Services Private Limited to receive Swedish visa applications in New Delhi. The Embassy gives possibility to submit applications to the VFS Swedish Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata or Mumbai. The Visa Application Centre accepts only applications for Schengen visas. Schengen visa applications can also be submitted at the Embassy in person. Applications for duration of stay in Sweden exceeding 3 Months are always to be presented to the Embassy or Consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Kathmandu and Colombo in person. All applications will be assessed by The Embassy of Sweden, located in New Delhi. A complete application must be submitted to the Embassy at least 15 days before the intended visit and cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended visit. Processing of visa application through VFS will be given priority by the Embassy and the processing time is usually 10 to 12 calendar days from the day the application was submitted to VFS in New Delhi. All payments for application fees regarding Visas should be made by Bank Draft in favour of the “Embassy of Sweden (Visa)�. Book appointment Remember that all applicants are required to book an appointment online before submitting their visa application at the Joint Schengen Visa Application Center. Before you make an appointment you should carefully read the visa application process available on the website to submit your visa application and supporting

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documents at the visa application center. Applicants travelling together in a group of ten or more have to contact the Embassy of Sweden to get an appointment slot at VFS Visa Application centers. Visa cost The VFS service fee is around 1350 INR. The visa fee is around 2700 INR for children between six and 12 and is waived for kids below six. To enable the authorities to process your application, you must clearly state: • Why you are visiting Sweden • How long you intend to stay in Sweden • How you will support yourself during your time in Sweden • The type of passport you hold and for how long it is valid • Where you intend to travel following your visit to Sweden • If you have a permit to enter the country you intend to travel to after your stay in Sweden How to go about: • Download the application form, fill it completely and with sincerity. You can also fill the Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard-copy. • Two photos must be attached; the photo should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. • Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required. Passport must have at least two blank pages. • Travel Visa Insurance confirmation of minimum €30,000 coverage within the entire Schengen area. • A covering letter from the applicant introducing himself/herself, explaining the purpose, duration & itinerary of the visit in brief. • Flight itinerary reservation with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the specified state/states. • Proof of accommodation for the whole duration of the intended stay. • Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable) • Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay. Enough money for the return journey, or a return ticket. 2. Arriving in Sweden Sweden customs regulations afford visitors to the country the opportunity to bring in certain goods

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without incurring duties and Value Added Tax (VAT). These are limited in quantity and value. On arrival, you can take the green ‘nothing to declare’ channel if you stick to these allowances: • Personal effects. • New or used goods not exceeding SEK 3,000 (additional goods, new or used, exceeding the value limit will incur a duty charge of 25%). • Wine not exceeding 4 litres per person over the age of 20. • 1 litre of liquor or 2 litres of fortified wine (including sparkling wine) over the age of 20. • Cigarettes not exceeding 200 units and cigars not exceeding 50 units per person over the age of 18. • 250g of cigarette tobacco or pipe tobacco per person over the age of 18. If you have goods in excess of these allowances, take the red channel and declare your items. Here you will be billed at the applicable rates. Customs in Sweden further stipulates that individual travellers are entitled to a duty-free allowance of SEK 4,300 per person, where no duties or VAT apply. These allowances may not be pooled and only apply on a per person basis. Swedish is the official language in Sweden and spoken by the majority of the population. Other officially recognized languages are Finnish, Meänkieli, Romani, Sami and Yiddish. English is widely spoken by a large population of the country.

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Moving to Myanmar or for that matter any country can become difficult-unless you make yourself aware of the customs regulation details in that country. A foreigner may import “reasonable quantities” of household goods and personal effects into Myanmar duty free for following items: 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams tobacco 2 litres of liquor 150 mls of perfume Goods for personal use to a max. value of USD 500 Electrical and electronic goods not more than USD 500 in value Portable (video) camera, HD camera or DV camera and 1 spare (set) battery Portable computer Reasonable quantity of medicines for personal use All jewellery must be declared on arrival. Pets must be accompanied by a health certificate and declared for inspection on arrival. For cats and dogs the health certificate must confirm the animal has been vaccinated against rabies at least 1 month prior to arrival date. Nearly 100 languages are spoken in Myanmar (Burma). The most popular among them is the Burmese, which is spoken by two-thirds of the country’s population. English is a popular foreign language in the country.

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VACCINATION & TRAVEL INSURANCE

There are no compulsory vaccinations for Sweden required for travellers from Western Europe to gain entry. However, a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate could be required for travellers coming from some endemic zones in Africa and the Americas. Travellers on scheduled airlines whose flights have originated outside the areas regarded as infected (or who are only in transit through these areas) are not required to possess a certificate. If the flight originated from within a Yellow fever endemic area a certificate may then be required. Furthermore, for the short-term traveller the recommended vaccinations for Sweden usually consist of cover against Tetanus and Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. For trekking holidays or extended visits Rabies and Hepatitis B may need to be considered. Travellers should start their vaccines at least 4 to 6 weeks before departure. Travel insurance to cover theft and illness is essential. Standard of healthcare is high in Sweden and it is counted among countries with best medical care in the world. Visitors are entitled to hospital treatment at the same rates as Swedes. But everyone should be covered for the worst possible scenario including ambulance, surgery and if necessary, emergency flight back home. Travellers must ensure that they are covered fully with their medical insurance while on their trip.

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THINGS TO PACK • ID documents: Passport, driver’s licence, visa. • Money, credit cards. • Appropriate seasonal clothing and undergarments. • Bathing suit, sunscreen. • Sunglasses, hat. •Basic toiletries. • Cameras, batteries. • Laptop, cell phone, chargers. • Power outlet adaptor. • Insect repellent. • Anti-malaria medication, if desired.

YOUR HEALTH Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if necessary. Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit. Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location. Tap water is safe to drink however, drinking directly from streams or rivers isn’t recommended as even most clear-looking water could harbor parasites. Bottled water is readily available. Sweden’s capital city is a haven for shopaholics if you know where to shop. Drottninggatan is choc-a-bloc with small specialist shops, big stores chains like H&M and just about every type of retailer imaginable. NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) is a city landmark with several top- brands and cosy cafes. Go to basement level for souvenir shopping and gourmet groceries.

PERSONAL SECURITY Crime levels are low, but there’s a risk of petty theft. Pick-pocketing can be a problem in major cities where tourists are targeted for cash. Take sensible precautions to protect your belongings, particularly your passport, money and credit cards. Remain alert when walking home alone at night, and stick to main roads and well lit areas. Avoid shortcuts and quiet roads with no other pedestrians. Sweden has harsh weather conditions especially in winters, so delayed trains and flights are difficult to avoid. Snow and ice on roads often cause accidents. Start your journey earlier to avoid rushing to your destination.

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MONEY The major banks have branches as well as ATMs in most large towns – and all over the cities. ATMs are linked to all major international networks, and it is possible to draw currency from them. They accept Cirrus or Maestro cards as well as all major credit

TELEPHONES & EMAIL You can use your mobile phone from home via roaming in Sweden or you can opt for a local SIM card. Getting a local mobile connection will cost you considerably less. The main mobile phone companies in Sweden are Telia, Telenor, Tele2 and 3 Sverige. Each of these mobile companies offers a variety of packages aimed to suit different needs. Regarding internet and fax connections, most international hotels offer wireless connections in guest rooms, business centers or restaurants, and internet cafes are to be found in most business locations and shopping malls. Some Sweden restaurants also offer WiFi access.

SHOPPING IN SWEDEN Sweden’s capital city is a haven for shopaholics if you know where to shop. Drottninggatan is choc-a-bloc with small specialist shops, big stores chains like H&M and just about every type of retailer imaginable. NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) is a city landmark with severaal top- brands and cosy cafes. Go to basement level for souvenir shopping and gourmet groceries.

FOOD IN SWEDEN Swedish cuisine is centred on meat, fish served with potato or bread. Most popular dish is meatballs often served with potatoes, brown sauce and lingonberry jam. Pea soup and pancakes are eaten as a traditional dish particularly on Thursdays. Crayfish is especially popular in August. Pickled herring is widely eaten and is available in lots of different sauces. Gravlax is a cold appetiser of thin salmon slices cured in salt, sugar, and dill. Breakfast often is an open sandwich (smörgåsen) piled high with a mix of boiled egg slices, lettuce, tomato and cucumber and topped with messmör (a sweet spread made from butter and whey). Sweden is home to a wide range of pizza, pasta, and kebab restaurants. You will also find a number of Thai and Sushi restaurants here.

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