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Stockholm, Sweden | August 21-23, 2011

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Host City

"If you ask someone who has visited Stockholm the first word they would probably use to describe it is “beautiful,” and that it is... Stockholm, as a city, is over 700 years old and spreads across 14 islands as it faces proudly out to the Baltic Sea. You can get to just about all of Stockholm’s many wondrous sites on foot, which is the perfect way to see the city."
Visit Sweden's official website for tourism and travel information.

Transportation

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

The Arlanda Express train operates between Arlanda Airport and Stockholm Central Station every 15 minutes throughout the day. The travel time is only 20 minutes. One-way fare is SEK 240 ($33/£21/€23).* Children to age 7 travel free; ages 8-25, students, and senior citizens pay SEK 120 ($17/£10/€12).

Buses operate to/from Arlanda Airport to the City Terminal near the Central Station in Stockholm about every 10 minutes throughout the day. The journey takes 45 minutes and costs SEK 119 ($16.5/£10/€11.5). 

A number of taxi companies operate in Stockholm, and their rates can vary. Note that there are fixed rates for transfers to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport ranging from SEK 395-599 ($55-83/£34-51/€38-57).  Make sure to confirm the rate before you leave the airport. The taxis from the larger companies always display the name of the driver and the car identification in the front window.

Stockholm Bromma Airport

Bromma is Stockholm’s city airport and your fastest alternative to and from the Swedish capital.  The airport bus to Bromma Airport is a non-stop bus. It departs from the City Terminal, close to the Central Station in Stockholm. The fare is 79 SEK ($11/£7/€7.5) one-way.

You can also ride the Stockholm Transport (SL) local bus to and from Bromma Airport. Please note that you must buy your ticket in advance, which you can do in various ways.

Taxis

Depending on where you are in your travels you can either call and book a taxi via taxi booking services, go to a taxi rank, or hail a taxi out on the street.

The Swedish taxi industry has been deregulated. Some companies have fixed prices but they can vary depending on the time of day and if it is the weekend. For this reason, it is recommended that you confirm the taxi fare before setting off. Credit cards are usually accepted.

Travel from the Airport to the Hotel

If arriving at Arlanda Airport, the best way to get to the hotel is to take the Arlanda Express train, which operates between Arlanda Airport and Stockholm Central Station every 15 minutes throughout the day. The travel time is only 20 minutes.  The fare is 260SEK (40 USD) single, or you can purchase a two-way ticket for your return as well for 490SEK (75 USD).  When you arrive at the Central Station, look for signs for the Hotel Clarion (it will be on the left hand side) immediately upon getting off the train.  The Hotel is a 2-minute walk from the train station.  For more information see: http://www.arlandaexpress.com/fares.aspx and click here.

*Please note that the official currency in Sweden is Swedish Krona (SEK) and you will need to exchange money at the airport in order to purchase the Arlanda Express ticket. Also, prices are subject to change. Please be sure to check Sweden's official website for tourism and travel information for the most current and accurate information.

Emergency Contacts

The emergency telephone number for the fire department, police department, and medical emergencies is 112 in Sweden.

Currency

The monetary unit in Sweden is the krona (plural “kronor”). There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency that can be taken into Sweden.

Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Sweden at banks, hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies, and for tickets.  Most shops and restaurants require an  identity card in connection with credit card purchases. You can get cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bankomat” or “Minuten” ATM.

Travellers’ checks are generally accepted as payment throughout Sweden. Change will be given in Swedish kronor. Please note that a nominal fee is charged when cheques are used as payment.

Tipping

An outstretched hand in Sweden more often welcomes a handshake than a tip. A service charge is automatically included in most Swedish hotel bills. Tipping for special services provided by hotel staff is fine, but is not expected and is simply a matter of personal taste.

At restaurants, a service charge is included in the bill, but a small gratuity is expected for evening meals.

Taxi drivers should be given a few extra kronor.

Porters and cloakroom attendants often charge fixed fees. Doormen at hotels and restaurants are tipped modestly.

Climate

The average temperature during the summer in Stockholm is about 22°C/71°F. In late August, the sunrise in Stockholm is around 5am and sunset is around 8:30pm.

During the summer the weather in Sweden is mild and pleasant. Pack casual summer clothes, like a few medium-weight sweaters, a light jacket or raincoat.  Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are important, not only for the countryside, but also for sightseeing along cobblestone streets.

Swedes like fashion. However, they avoid standing out in glitzy attire and will never abandon their jeans for too long. In the restaurants and for business, a jacket and tie are expected for gentlemen. Trousers are acceptable for women on any occasion, including business.

Time Zone

Sweden conforms to Central European Time, which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. The current time in Stockholm is:

Electricity

The normal electric current in Sweden is 220 volts AC in 50 cycles, and plugs and sockets may differ from those in other parts of the world, so travellers should bring adapters or transformers for electrical appliances such as hair dryers and shavers.

Some hotels and shops in larger cities can supply adapters.

Laptop computers that are made to work on both 110 and 220 volts can be used in Sweden with an adapter. For laptop computers working on 110 volts only, transformers are also necessary.