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Stockholm Money-Saving Tips

No Smoking

Be careful where you light up – all public, indoor places in Stockholm are smoke free.


Leave the phrasebook at home – Swedes speak exceptional English. Key Swedish words are simple though: “hej” for “hello” is pronounced “hey,” while “ja” (yah) is “yes” and “nej” (nay) is “no.” Locals will appreciate your using the easy “tack” for “thank you.”

Stop VAT

Sale items in Sweden include a hefty 25% VAT (Value Added Tax), which non-Swedes are not obliged to pay. All items exceeding 200 SEK ($33) are eligible for a VAT refund when bought at shops displaying “Tax Free Shopping” signs. 

SEKs for a Dollar

Sweden is not a Euro-zone country and still uses its kronor, abbreviated SEK and at press time worth about 15% of a dollar (meaning $1 = about 6.5 SEK). ATMs are often the cheapest way to exchange money, but check with your back before traveling (some banks charge fees to use foreign ATMs).

Anncha Glad She Told You?

Blogger Anncha, a Stockholm-based tourism worker, maintains an English blog filled with excellent suggestions on things to see and do in the city.

Allt Key

Swedish-language site Allt om Stockholm (Everything about Stockholm) is a bit tricky to navigate for non-Swedish speakers, but if you let the pictures guide you, you can find up-to-the-minute recommendations on things to do city-wide. (Swedish only)

You Are Here

For a map of any address in Sweden and photos of most in Stockholm, Hitta is an invaluable Swedish travel resource. The site’s in Swedish, but all you really need to know is that “Var?” means “Where?” (Swedish only)

In da Klubb

It’s all in Swedish, but with much of the terminology (“rock,” “dance party,” etc.) being universal, Stockholm’s nightlife guide Kalendarium is a comprehensive resource for what’s going on around town. (Swedish only)


Unless you’ve received exceptional service and are feeling quite generous, it is okay to put away your wallet. Tipping is not required in Sweden and is not expected.

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