Getting there: Fly into Sweden’s main gateway, Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN). The Oresund Bridge now allows non-stop road and rail traffic from mainland Europe to Sweden. The country is also accessible by ferry or boat, with a number of popular routings available from the UK, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Åland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Capital city: Stockholm.
Population: 9.586 million.
Religion: Lutheran Christianity is the largest religion.
Currency: Swedish krona (SEK).
Climate: A generally temperate climate despite its location in the far north. This is due to the Gulf Stream — a warm ocean stream that flows off Norway's west coast. Temperatures do vary markedly all through the country.
Transport: Getting around in Sweden is relatively hassle-free. With the extensive and good roads they have, hiring a car is always a good option to see the countryside at one’s own pace.There is an excellent network of bus services both in- and inter-city. A highly efficient and extensive rail system covers the entire country with extremely modern trains. The many lakes, canals and islands have an extensive network of canal boats, vintage steamers and ferries. The cities have the usual rail, metro and trams.
Best time to travel: The period around Sweden’s summer — May to September.
What to wear: Swedes are effortlessly stylish; dress smart-casual.