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Sweden - Information for visitors

Banking hours:
Banking hours from Monday to Friday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. Thursday 10.00 am – 4.00/5.30 pm

Some of the cities banks may stay open until 6 pm. Banks are closed at weekends and on public holidays. Banks at airports, ports and main railway stations are generally open for longer hours

Shopping hours are generally Monday-Friday 9.30 am - 6 pm. Saturday 9.30 am - 2/4 pm
In larger towns and cities, the department stores stay open up to 7.00 pm or later. Some may also be open for business on Sundays between about 12 noon to 4.00 pm. Shops generally close early the day before a public holiday.
Look out for the special signs showing sales. ‘REA’ indicates a sale;‘Extrapris’, used along with red price labels, indicates discounts of at least 10%;and ‘Fynd’ indicates special offers.

When making payments:
Major credit cards are generally accepted throughout Sweden at banks, hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies, and for air, ship and rail tickets. However there may be some restriction to American Express credit cards.
To pay or withdraw cash with your credit card, the card needs to have a chip and PIN (Personal Identification Number). The older magnetic-stripe cards may not be accepted. Cash can be sourced with a Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any Bankomat ATM or Uttagsautomat ATM. Travellers’ cheques are generally accepted as payment and change will be given back in Swedish kronor. There will also be a nominal fee charged when using these cheques as payment.

The etiquette of tipping:
An outstretched hand in Sweden more often suggests a handshake rather than a tip. This is a service charge automatically included in most Swedish hotel bills. Tipping for special services provided by hotel staff is acceptable, yet is not expected and is simply a matter of choice.
At restaurants, a service charge is included in the bill, although a small gratuity is expected for evening meals. Taxi drivers expect to be given a few extra kronor. Porters and cloakroom attendants often charge fixed fees, while doormen at hotels and restaurants are tipped modestly.

Weights and measures:
Since the year of 1889, Sweden has been utilizing the metric system.
From metric specifications:
1 kilo (kg) - 2,205 pounds
1 liter (l) - Approximately 1 U.S.quart
0.22 Imp - Gallon
1.75 Imp - Pints
1 kilometer (km) - 0.621 mile
1 meter (m) - 1,094 yards
1 centimeter (cm) - 0.39 inch

To metric specifications:
1 pound - 0.454 kilogrammes
1 Imp. Gallon - 4.546 litres
1 U.S. gallon - 3.785 litres
1 mile - 1.61 kilometres
1 yard - 0.9144 meter
1 foot - 0.3048 meter
1 inch - 2.54 centimetres

Post offices (with a blue postal sign) are generally incorporated into various shops such as;grocery stores, kiosks, gas stations.
To post letters and postcards of up to 20 grams cost a certain amount within Sweden and about double that fee for international. The blue post boxes are for local deliveries only, and the yellow boxes for national and international deliveries.

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