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Stockholm can be visited at all times of the year; however, spring and summer are the best options for those unaccustomed to cold weather, as Swedish winters are usually bitterly cold and dark.
Visit from May to August, when temperatures are high and daylight can last up to an incredible 19 hours. Having said that, those who brave the elements to go during the winter months are rewarded for their efforts despite the cold; the city looks starkly beautiful under its blanket of snow, and there are hundreds of cozy bars, cafÃ©s and restaurants to hide out in.
The Swedish are renowned for their polite behavior and general courtesy. Follow their lead to make a good impression.
The Swedish are very interested in fashion, but not of the traditional kind. The changeable seasons mean that practicality often comes first, the Swedes preferring clean, contemporary, fuss-free designs over more traditional, glitzy fashion. This is not to say that they donâ€™t appreciate a bit of oldschool glamour; style icons Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman both hailed from Sweden.
Swedish is the main language and English is widely spoken.
EXCHANGE RATE (AT TIME OF GOING TO pRESS)
$1 = SEK 6.67
Â£1 = SEK 10.7
â‚¬1 = SEK 9.27
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24-HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT
Fire services: 112
UK: +46 8 671 3000
US: +46 8 783 5300
Stockholm is a predominantly Christian city.
â€¢ Whit Sunday
â€¢ All Saintsâ€™ Day
â€¢ Christmas Eve
â€¢ Christmas Day
Shops open 9.30am – 6pm on weekdays and 9.30am – 4pm on Saturdays.