Tips and Tricks

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

  1. A camping card is not necessary to camp with us, a passport or driving license will do fine.Skärmavbild 2015-01-02 kl. 12.52.37
  2. Keep in mind that the notes of 50 and 500 SEK also have the shiny strip like the others (except 20 SEK).pengar
  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 Öre are no longer valid to pay with (the “cents” of the Swedish crowns).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.öre
  4. In Kisa you can only pay at the gasstation with your credit card and only to a maximum of 400 SEK, because your credit card is non Swedish (there is nothing wrong with you card!).
  5. Moses are everywhere around you, 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. älg
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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 🙂midsommar
  9. On our campsite we have “normal” and Euro plugs. Do you have an adapter? Bring it with you, just in case. It might come in handy.plugs
  10. We don’t have many mosquitoes or other stinging insects but it’s good to bring Tiger balm anyway, it helps with the itching.tiger balm
  11. Biking is not common in Sweden and therefore it can be though to find a suitable rental bike. If you find one, it will most likely be a “normal” bike with 3 gears, 1 hand break and a basket… Do you have a bike yourself and are you able to bring, than that would be better. The roads and tracks in the area are most suitable for mountainbikes or a bike with more gears.
  12. Gas bottles in Sweden have a different connection than the bottles in for example the Netherlands. 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.gas
  13. Car gas is hard to find in Sweden, but in Linköping there is a company that refills tanks (70 km from the camp site)
  14. Funny fact: Kisa is pronounced “Sheesa”. Kisa or actually “kissa” means “to pee” (on the toilet)
  15. 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) pippi
  16. 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.systembolaget
  17. The allowed BAC to still drive is 0,2 (1 standard glass)
  18. Using your phone in your car is still allowed in Sweden.
  19. In Sweden and at our camp site you have to have your dog on a leash at all times, March-August even in the forest due to hunters working there.hund tecken
  20. You always clean up after your dog in town, in the forest and especially at the campground!hund
  21. 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.Health Insurance Card
  22. 112 is the emergency telephone number for police, ambulance and fire departmentsos europe

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”)