All you would like to know before coming to Stockholm
- currency, banking
- medical & travel insurance
- weather, time & daylight
- other resources
The congress venue and main hotels are situated in central Stockholm, close to the central station where subway, airport train and buses, commuter trains and local buses stop.
To and from the airport
A taxi fare between Arlanda airport and Norra Latin Conference center is approximately 450SEK.
Trains are often the fastest, most comfortable way of getting to and from Arlanda. They are also the most environmentally friendly way. The high speed train Arlanda Express goes straight between Stockholm and Arlanda in 20 minutes. There are four escalators/lifts connecting the underground Arlanda Express train stations to the airport terminals: one in Terminals 2 and 3, one in Terminal 4 and two in Terminal 5. The fare price is 220SEK for a single trip. We provide the option to buy the train ticket for 200SEK when registering for the congress. For more information see the Arlanda Express website.
The airport coaches (Flygbussarna) between central Stockholm and Arlanda depart every ten (peak traffic) or twenty minutes. They serve Terminals 2, 4 and 5 and it's a 40-minutes drive to the city center. Fares are 179SEK for a return trip and 99SEK one-way.
The Stockholm public transportation company, SL, services the whole county of Stockholm. Available SL communications are subway, commuter trains, and hundreds of bus lines. Official SL web site
General information about taxis in Sweden [pdf]
Telephone numbers to major taxi companies
Taxi 020 Stockholm
020-20 20 20
08-15 00 00
08-30 00 00
08-33 33 33
The official currency of Sweden is the krona (SEK; plural "kronor") and equals 100 öre. Bank notes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor, coins 50 öre, 1, 5 and 10 kronor. Typically, 100 SEK equals 15-16 USD and 10-11 EUR. Check the currency converter on the website: www.xe.net/. There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency taken into Sweden. Currency exchange facilities are available at the airport, the central station, major hotels and city banks.
Normal banking hours are Monday - Friday 10:00-15:00; Thursday 10:00-16:00/17:30. Banks are closed on weekends but you can withdraw cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bankomat” or “Minuten” ATM, available 24 hours per day. Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Sweden at banks, hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies, and for air, ship and rail tickets. Most shops and restaurants require identity card while paying with credit card.
It is strongly recommended that international visitors seek advice and take out appropriate travel insurance and medical cover. Participants are required to pay in full all medical expenses incurred while in Sweden. The Congress organizers accept no responsibility for illness, accidents or thefts suffered by participants or accompanying persons during the congress or their stay in Sweden before or after the meeting.
In September the weather is warm and average day temperature is 15°C (59F). Sweden conforms to Central European Time, which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, and Daylight Savings Time applies in September (+1hour).
Approximate time for sunrise and sunset is 05:46 and 19:50 respectively.
10.00 am - 6.00 pm
10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Department stores remain open until 7.00 pm or longer. Some are also open on Sundays between 12.00 AM and 4.00 PM.
The power supply in Sweden is 230 volt AC 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a 2-pin plug, type C and F.
The official language is Swedish. It is most often no problem to make oneself understood in English.