Tips & Tricks

Is this your first time in Sweden? Here are some things that are useful to know ahead of your trip.

  1. 112 is the emergency telephone number for police, ambulance and fire department, 1177 for questions and none emergencies.
  2. A camping card is not necessary to camp with us, a passport or driving license will do fine.
  3. Öre are no longer valid to pay with (the “cents” of the Swedish crowns). The coins that are valid are 1, 5 and 10 SEK.
  4. Note that nowadays the 50 and 500 banknotes also have an alu strip, all banknotes now have this (except 20 SEK).
  5. Freedom to roam(allemansrätten). Did you know that Sweden is one of the few countries in the world that gives every person the freedom to roam in nature? This means that you don’t have to pay to or get a permission to cross private land. The only exceptions are private gardens, near a house or land under cultivation. Other than that you’re free to walk or cycle. The only thing you have to do is respect nature, respect and don’t use private stuff, don’t litter and off course don’t disturb others. Freedom to Roam and the right to public access also allow visitors and locals to pick wild berries, flowers, and mushrooms. Swimming in lakes is also allowed.
  6. Mooses are everywhere around you(there are about 350 000 moose in Sweden), but they are really good in hiding behind a tree. If you see one, you wonder how they do that because they are bigger than an average horse… The best chance to see one is to go into the forest by car, not on foot because by the time you think to find one, they have already smelled human scent and got further into the forest and out of sight.
  7. Wild boars you don’t want to bump in to, if you do, you’d better start running the other way, because they can be quite aggressive (especially when they have babies).
  8. It isn’t “always cold” in Sweden like the prejudgment often assumes. Sweden has a “land climate” and therefore the temperature feels often about 5 degrees warmer than they tell you on the news. Also Sweden has more sun hours then Holland, Germany or even France.
  9. Midsummer is every year on the Friday around the 20th of June and is a “fertility thing”. The Midsummer pole represents the male genitals… When on this day you are still single, pick 7 different flowers an put them under your pillow, you will dream of the love of your life. …Many people don’t even know this and just think it’s another good reason to celebrate 🙂
  10. There is a lot of history in Sweden. Everyone off course knows the vikings but we even had a king who became a pirate! The Swedish government cherishes their history, so if you see a white sign on the road. Go in! There is usually something to see there.
  11. On our campsite we have “normal” and Euro power-plugs. Do you have an adapter? Bring it with you, just in case. It might come in handy.
  12. We don’t have many mosquitoes or other stinging insects but it’s good to bring Tiger balm anyway, it helps with the itching.
  13. Swimming to the island and back is a nice challenge to do. But it is further away then it looks(It is about 1500 meter to the island) and the lake has depths up to 40 meters. This means that there can be cold streams in the lake which can lead to cramp. If you do decide to give it a try, please let us know and make sure there is someone who is going with you with a canoe. Just to be absolutely safe.
  14. Did you know that 2/3 of Sweden is covered in forest? This makes a walk in the forest an easy activity to start. As long as you don’t get lost. 🙂 Luckily there are hiking maps available at the campsite and at the tourist office in town.
  15. Gas bottles in Sweden have a different connection than the bottles in for example the Netherlands or Germany. One has the screw thread on the inside, the other on the outside. If you have an adapter or if you can buy one, it would be best to bring it.
  16. Car gas is hard to find in Sweden, but in Linköping there is a company that refills tanks (70 km from the camp site)
  17. Funny fact: Kisa is pronounced “Sheesa”. Kisa or actually “kissa” means “to pee” (on the toilet)
  18. Funny fact: Inger Nilsson who played Pippi Longstocking in the original movie / series is from Kisa, and the author is from Vimmerby (next to Kisa)
  19. Alcohol can be bought in the government stores “Systembolaget” and only if you are over 20 years of age. (to drink = 18 years, to buy = 20 years) Are you 19 and you are in the shop with your dad, he will not be able to buy, because you are under age and he might buy for you…. Just so you know) In supermarkets the alcohol sold will have a max 3,5% vol.
  20. The allowed BAC to still drive is 0,2 (1 standard glass).
  21. In Sweden in general and also at our camp site you have to have your dog on a leash at all times, outside March-August even in the forest due to hunters working there.
  22. Don’t forget your European Insurance card and green card for the car. These can be asked for with your insurance company and are free of charge with most insurance companies. This saves an unnecessary load of paperwork in case something happens on your holiday.

Language Tips

  • “Hej” or “hej hej”    Hé                       Hello
  • “Hejdå”                  Hejdôh                Bye
  • “Tack”                   Tak                       Thank you
  • “Tack så mycket”  Tak sôh muuke     Thank you very much
  • Varsågod              Warshogoo           Please (when giving something)
  • ett, två, tre            et, twoo, tree        1, 2, 3
  • The letter “Å”        ôh (A with circle on top) short “o” as in “pot”
  • The letter “Ä”        èh (A with 2 dots) short “e” as in “bed”
  • The letter “Ö”        eu (O with 2 dots) short “u” as in “buss”
  • The letter “V”         W V is pronounced as W and the other way round.
  • The letter “O”        Oe O is pronounced as “ou” as in “you”
  • The letter “K”        K K often pronounced as SH like in Kisa or Linköping (“Linshûping”)