Stockholm Basic Information
In Stockholm, the train stations are like art galleries. Incredible, underground galleries where there’s art everywhere you look. The ceilings are painted in vibrant colours and you’ll find installations and murals all over its cave-like tunnels. It almost makes public transport fun! And it’s just another reason why we heart Stockholm. Want to keep falling in love? Then read on.
If you hold an Australia passport you won’t need a visa to enter Sweden, thanks to the Schengen Convention. This means Aussies can stay in Sweden for up to 90 days in a 180 day period. There are just a few things to note though. Firstly, if you’re travelling from a country outside of the EU, you’re allowed to carry a 3-month supply of medicine, but some medications and natural remedies will not be allowed in to Sweden. Secondly, if you’re entering from outside the EU and you’re carrying more than 10,000 Euros (or the same amount in another currency), you’ll need to declare it on arrival. Thirdly, make sure you have 6 months validity on your passport. For up-to-date information on entry and exit standards, contact the Embassy or Consulate of Sweden.
Stockholm (and Sweden in general), uses the Swedish Krona. This currency has existed since 1873 and is likely to be the currency for a while yet – Sweden has no immediate plans to use the Euro, despite being obliged to adopt it in the near future. It’s always a good idea to change your money before you leave, which can easily be done so at Travel Money Oz. In Stockholm, there are plenty of Forex currency exchange branches in the city, which are quite competitive with their charges.
Holy Nordic deliciousness. How on earth do these Swedish people stay so slim with all the incredible Swedish food? We’re talking Swedish meatballs drowned in brown cream sauce with lingonberry jam, served with creamy mashed potatoes and pickled gherkin. Or how bout a slice of princess cake or Prinsesstårta – a traditional Swedish sponge cake with layers of jam, pastry cream, a thick layer of whipped cream, all topped with green marzipan and powdered sugar. And there’s a sauce called gravlax that you have to try. It’s made from cured salmon, salt, sugar and herbs. The Swedes also have a thing for pickled fish and cod roe. Quite polarising dishes, but worth a taste, right?
The Swedes do like to party in style. If you’ve been saving your clams, head to Stureplan. You’ll find all the beautiful people here – models, celebs, media personalities – all chilling in the city’s most exclusive restaurants and clubs. But if you prefer something a little more lo-fi – bohemian, reggae, electro, rock and rockabilly stylings can be found at Södermalm. Or is bigger better? Stockholm’s largest club, Sturecompagniet is in Stureplan and has a bunch of bars and dance floors playing a range of music.