There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Stockholm each year.
The main ones are listed below.
This pagan festival dates back to the Vikings, who gathered around a bonfire each year at this time to bid farewell to winter. Today, in addition to a famous bonfire at Riddarholmen, Stockholm residents usher in the spring with folk dancing, torchlight processions, student choirs, and general merry-making on all of the Swedish capital's main squares.Late May or early June: Stockholm Marathon (local event)
This 42-kilometre (26-mile) marathon, whose beautiful route takes in the city's waterways, parks and iconic landmarks, draws over 20,000 runners each year from all around the world. All entrants are invited to the Pasta Party on the day before the event, bringing them together with spectators and sponsors to share a meal in a festive atmosphere.June 6: National Day (national holiday)
Swedes celebrate their independence from Denmark and the Union of Kalmar on this day in 1523, when Gustav Vasa was elected king. The main official ceremony, which includes a parade and the presentation of Swedish flags to various organizations, is held at Skansen, Stockholm's open-air museum, and is attended by the royal family.First Friday after June 21: Midsummer's Eve (celebrated nationwide)
After Christmas, this is the most important festival of the year in Sweden. To celebrate the summer solstice, Swedes raise the maypole and dance around it, especially in rural areas, also taking part in games and activities like wreath making. Families share a traditional meal consisting of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, a grilled dish and a cheese pie, all washed down with snaps (a form of vodka) and followed by strawberries and cream. In Stockholm, people not leaving for the countryside decorate their homes lavishly, don traditional costumes and enjoy folk music, dancing and drinking. At Skansen, the festivities continue on Saturday and Sunday.Last two weekends in September: Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival (local event)
Held every year at Nacka Strand, a beach on the eastern edge of Stockholm, this festival, the largest of its kind in the world, includes tastings, exhibitions, beer and whisky schools, and a vote on the best beer out of some 500 varieties.October: Stockholm Jazz Festival (local event)
Starting each year on the second Friday in October, this 10-day festival featuring performances by both Swedish and international jazz artists is held on the island of Skeppsholmen, opposite Moderna Museet, Stockholm's modern art museum.December 25: Christmas (national holiday)
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Stockholm's Arlanda International Airport, the largest in Sweden and the third largest in the Nordic countries, is located about 42 kilometres (26 miles) north of the city centre.
The Swedish capital has a public transport system and urban amenities that allow visitors to explore the city easily.
Stockholm's Metro, the Tunnelbana (also known as the T-bana), with a network serving some 100 stations, is certainly the most convenient way to get around the city. Trains operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and until 3 a.m. on weekends.
Fares (for the T-bana and all public transport in Stockholm)
Stockholm has an efficient network of bus routes offering extensive coverage of the city. Two routes are particularly of interest for visitors: bus 47, which runs from Sergels Torg to Djurgården, and bus 69, which runs from the Central Station to the museums in Ladugårdsgärdet park. The fares listed above for the T-bana apply for the buses as well.
Taxis are plentiful in Stockholm. The initial charge is SEK 45, then SEK 10 to SEK 35 per kilometre.
Upon your arrival in Stockholm, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Stockholm Visitors Board (SVB)
Stockholm's official tourism promotion agency operates the Stockholm Visitor Center, where you can obtain practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Sweden.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Stockholm.
For a stay of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in Sweden.
As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Sweden for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.
To find out whether you will need to obtain a visa for your stay, visit the website of the Swedish Migration Agency:
Here are a few basic Swedish phrases that will make your stay in Stockholm a little easier:
Hello: God dag
Good morning: God morgon
Good evening: God kväll/ God afton
No, thank you: Nej tack
Thank you very much: Tackar så mycket
I don't understand: Jag förstår inte.
Could you repeat that: Kan du ta om det där igen?
What time is it: Vad är klockan?
Excuse me: Ursäkta (to get attention) / Förlåt (to get past).
Train station: Tågsstation
I'm (…): Jag är (…).
I'm looking for (…): Jag letar efter (…).
How much is it: Hur mycket kostar det?
Do you have (…): Har du (…)?
Where can I find (…): Var kan jag hitta (…)?
Where can I buy (…): Var kan jag köpa (…)?
And what about tipping?
In Stockholm as in the rest of Sweden, a service charge is usually already included in restaurant bills and taxi fares, but you can certainly reward good service with a 10 percent tip.