Stockholm Local Customs

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  • 1. Museums

    Drottningholms Slottsteater One of Europe's best preserved baroque theatres. A unique attraction with its original scenery, 200-year old stage machinery and interior decoration virtually untouched by...

  • 2. Language

    One of the things Swedes really don't like is someone coming to Sweden speaking any other language than Swedish or English. The way we see it is that we have made an effort to learn the international...

  • 3. People

    If wandering around Stockholm museums and sightseeing points, you will probably come across the name Bellman. He was an 18th century poet and trubadour whose songs and melodies are much loved today,...

  • 4. Alcohol

    If you want to buy alcohol in Sweden then you must go to Systembolaget. They are the only ones who is alowed to sell alcohol. You must be over 21 years to buy alcohol in Systembolaget. This shopps...

  • 5. Customs in the Home

    As most of you may know, the Scandinavian tribes are descendants of the Vikings, whose first recorded attack, in England, was in a.d. 793. The remains of several hundred Viking Age boats have been...

  • 6. Holidays

    Do what the locals do and enjoy a cruise. The most popular ones are to Finland, where Helsinki, Turku (Åbo in Swedish) and the Åland Islands are the most popular destinations but Tallinn and now Riga...

  • 7. Tipping

    When I have visited Stockholm I have been told that tourist guides and waitresses/waiters, bellboys are not to be tipped. The last time that I visited Stockholm I had the god luck of being able to...

  • 8. Meals

    In Sweden it is a custom during Easter to fill colourful paper Easter eggs with chocolate and give to your children and loved ones. Since we were travelling in Stockholm around Easter the shops were...

  • 9. Royal Family

    Walking around Gamla Stan, it is possible to observe a solemn changing of the guard at the western court yard of the Royal palace (Monday-Friday 12.00, Saturday-sunday 13.00).

  • 10. Crafts and Souvenirs

    The Dala Horse is a symbol of Sweden. These colorful horses date back to the 18th century. In the best of Swedish folk tradition, hand-carved and painted wooden horses from Dalarna. They are real...

  • 11. Festivals

    Santa Lucia is the queen of light,and her feast day is celebrated on 13 december.Young girls dress in long white robes with a crown of candles and sing their way through institutions such as...

  • 12. Facts and Figures

    Sweden is a member of the European Union (EU) since 1995, but not a member of the so called Euro-Zone. That is why the local currency is not the Euro, but the Swedish Crown (Svensk krona). One...

  • 13. Queues

    Stockholm people are often in a hurry, trying to be efficient with their time. This is why you find everyone standing to the right in escalators, leaving the left side to those who want to WALK up....

  • 14. Telephone Boxes

    Stockholm has kept its historical phone boxes. I spotted them in various locations in Gamla Stan and on Södermalmen. They have been equipped with modern...

  • 15. How-to: self-service laundry

    Having worked as a national guide for 10 years, I never came upon this problem – you take your own cake of soap and you do your own laundry in your own hotel...

  • 16. Door locks

    In Scandinavia door locks or keys often have to be turned contrary to how you are used to turning them to open or close a door.For example, in Germany a door...

  • 17. My Friend Fika

    One custom I got to like during my stay was Fika, an afternoon coffee break featuring a cup of coffee and sweet pastry. Most cafes will roll out the sweet...

  • 18. Changing of the guard

    The changing of the guard ceremony takes place every day in the Outer Courtyard of the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet), on weekdays at 12:15 h and on Sundays at...

  • 19. Changing of the guard

    The changing of the guard attracts hundreds of tourists in the outer courtyard of the Royal Palace (Kungliga slottet) around midday. It is an entertaining...


    Picture a bar, where everything including the drinking glasses is made of pure, translucent ice from the TOME river in LAPLAND, and where the temperature is...

  • 21. Black days & white nights

    Scandinavia is one of the less places, when it is so dark in winter and so light in summer. This lasts no more than 72 days around 21 December and 21 June but...

  • 22. Trees wearing sweaters

    I don't know whether I should really put this up in the customs tips as I don't know whether this is a custom or not. Atleast it seemed so to me, and so will I...

  • 23. Santa Lucia Day

    On December 13th, the Swedish festival of lights brightens up the long winter nights. It is a day to celebrate saint Lucia (Italian Christian) who is a symbol...

  • 24. Changing of the Guard

    The Changing of the Guard ceremony is quite a spectacle to take in. Settle in along the parade route, or line up in the Royal Palace courtyard to await the next...

  • 25. Traffic jams

    If you're stuck for a conversational topic with a Stockholmer, traffic is always popular. Contrary to many other cities, Stockholm lacks a ring-road and instead...

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