Guide to Driving in Sweden

Sweden is not an easy country to drive around. Being placed in the Northern side of Europe you need to expect rough conditions from October until April. Streets are well-maintained but no matter how well-prepared the local authorities are, there is always the risk of ice forming on the surface of the road. About 85% of the roads are nicely surfaced, without any cracks or bumps. This percentage drops in the spring when snow and ice melt so the roads need to be patched here and there. The traffic is light, except for the capital Stockholm where between 12:00PM and 5:00PM you can expect some minor traffic jams. Parking usually requires payment in advance. However, on some roads you can park without being charged. However you are not allowed to park your car facing the incoming traffic. Local drivers are usually peaceful but they don’t like when you treat them with disrespect. Don’t try to break the speed limits because there are a lot of speeding cameras mounted randomly on the streets.

Police cars in Sweden are very distinctive. They are paint in white with blue and green vinyl on the sides and on the hood. The green is fluorescent to make the car more visible. All the police cars have the word ‘POLIS’ printed on the hood and on the sides. As a foreign driver you need to carry your national driver’s license, your identification card and the car’s registration certificate. When it comes to driving on highways you might be happy to find out that there are no taxes at all. The winter tire law asks all drivers to have winter tires fitted when the road surface is slippery, from October to April.

Essential Driving Information

  • Due to changing weather conditions drivers must always circulate with the dipped beam on.
  • Your national driver’s license will be valid in Sweden but just for a limited amount of time (30 days).
  • Seatbelt must be used both by front and rear passengers. The driver is the one responsible for the safety of all the passengers.
  • The main danger in Sweden is represented by wild animals, especially outside built-up areas. Drive with caution mainly if the visibility is decreased.
  • Sending or reading SMSs while driving is prohibited. Calling is allowed only in case of emergency.
Speed Limits
Town/City: 50kmh (30mph)
Main Road: 90kmh (55mph)
Motorway: 110kmh (80mph) or 120kmh (75mph)
Emergency Phone Numbers
Police: 112
Ambulance: 112
Firefighters: 112
General Information (as of 2014)
Min Driving Age: 18
Alcohol Limit: 0.02%
Petrol Price: €1.50/litre
Diesel Price: €1.48/litre
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