Will I need an ETIAS to visit Sweden?
Sweden is a member of both the European Union and the Schengen Zone.
The ETIAS (E.U.Travel Information Authorization System) is being introduced across Europe in 2021.
Sweden, along with other countries in Europe, has had the threat and reality of terrorist attacks. Sweden also found their existing structures for helping migrants severely overloaded during the 2015 Migrant Crisis. At the height of the crisis, Sweden was receiving thousands of asylum seekers and migrants per week.
As a result of both of these circumstances, the ETIAS will better control who enters countries in Europe. The number of refugees will be difficult to stem, but travelers from countries who do not need a visa will be subject to extensive checks.
The ETIAS will only be available on completion of an online form. Questions of a personal nature, including criminal history, travel within war zones and exposure to certain medical conditions will all have to be answered.
Information collected on the form will be put through the automated system, and approved travelers will be issued an ETIAS.
Travelers who are flagged for any reason, for example, criminal activity, will not be issued an ETIAS and will therefore not receive approval to enter Europe. Further information may be requested before the ETIAS is issued. Applications that have been denied are eligible to appeal.
Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula.
It shares maritime borders with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Germany and Denmark.
Sweden is bordered by the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Bothnia, the Kattegat, Skagerrak, and Öresund straits. It shares a land border with Norway and Finland. The Torne River forms much of Sweden’s border with Finland. A portion of the country lies north of the Arctic Circle.
Sweden has an area of 450,295 sq. km and a population of 10.2 million people. In America, according to a 2006 U.S.Census estimate, there are more than 4.4 million people who class themselves as Swedish Americans. The major language is Swedish. English is also widely spoken. The major religion is Christianity, and the official currency is the krona (SEK).
The capital and largest city is Stockholm. Famous not just for its style and recognizable kind of chic, Stockholm has 14 islands and plenty to satisfy those in search of historical treasures, art, and culture.
Swedish people have a constitutional right of access to public and private land for recreation. Providing nature is neither disturbed or destroyed, and no one’s privacy is infringed upon, Swedes are free to roam the countryside. This right also extends to the picking of mushrooms, berries, and wildflowers, providing they are not endangered.
Sweden at a glance
Area: 449,964 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Krona (SEK)
Calling Code: +46
Travel in Sweden
Sweden is a greatly forested country and home to thousands of lakes. There are huge expanses of water between Gothenburg and Stockholm.
The Skanderna Mountain range is on the border with Norway, and in the far north, the bleak but beautiful Arctic tundra is home to the Northern Lights.
The breathtaking panoramas of the Stora Sjöfallet / Stuor Muorkke National Park, part of the UNESCO listed Laponian region is reason enough to journey to Sweden, but many tourists combine it with a trip to the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Bothnia and the jagged Baltic coastline.
If visiting the capital city of Stockholm, a short boat ride from the city center will take you to Drottningholm Palace where the Palace Theatre Opera House performs productions in period costume using authentic instruments.
There is a short ferry ride to Djurgården Island area from Stockholm, for the world’s oldest open-air museum, Skansen, which not only houses old buildings and farms, but also a zoo. The zoo hosts both farm animals and typical Nordic animals like brown bears, wolves, and lynx.
Next, to the ferry port, Grona Lund fairground has many traditional funfair rides, including a rollercoaster, some with views over the Stockholm Islands.
The US and Sweden
Sweden and the U.S. have a strong bilateral friendship, based on shared values and mutual interests.
Sweden is a respected moral leader in international affairs. Sweden is highly dependent on its export market; the Swedish government has been expanding its export base, trying to grow in Asia, South America and the United States.
The U.S. is Sweden’s 4th largest export market. Sweden is the 15th largest investor in the U.S and one of the largest investors measured on a per capita basis. Sweden has become more competitive as a choice for foreign and U.S. companies wanting to establish a presence in the Nordic region.
The U.S. and Sweden are both members of the following groups:
- The United Nations
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
- The Arctic Council
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
Sweden is an observer to the Organization of American States.
There are non stop flights from the U.S. to Stockholm, a flight from New York to Stockholm generally takes less than 8 hours. In Sweden punctuality is expected, business people dress smartly, although the rules in the more creative industries are more relaxed.
English is well spoken in most situations.
List of US diplomatic offices in Sweden
The Embassy of USA in Stockholm, Sweden
Address: Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31 SE-115 89 Stockholm
Phone: 08-783 53 00
Fax: 08-661 19 64
Facts: David E. Lindwall – Ambassador
List of Swedish diplomatic offices in USA
The Embassy of Sweden in Washington, USA
Address: 2900 K Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20007
Phone: +1 202 467 2600
Fax: +1 202 467 2699
Email: [email protected]
Consulate of Sweden in New York, USA
Address: One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza 885 Second Avenue, 40th floor New York, NY 10017
Phone: +1 212 583 2560
Fax: +1 212 583 2585
Email: [email protected]
Consulate of Sweden in San Francisco, USA
Address: 505 Sansome Street, Suite 1010 San Francisco, CA 94111 USA
Phone: +1 415 788-2631
Email: [email protected]consulateofsweden.org