Money and duty free for Sweden
Currency & Money
Swedish Krona (SEK; symbol kr) = 100 öre. Notes are in denominations of kr1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of kr10, 5, 2 and 1.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are all widely accepted, although it should be noted that most shops and restaurants require ID when paying with a credit card. ATMs are widely available and can be used with most international bank cards, although it’s worth bearing in mind that you may incur a small charge. Personal cheques are no longer used, while traveller’s cheques can be cashed at most banks.
ATMs are widely available.
Traveller’s cheques are accepted at some banks. To avoid unfavourable exchange rate charges, visitors are advised to rely on credit or debit cards instead.
Banks are open Mon-Wed and Fri 9000-1500. On Thursdays, banking hours are slightly longer, running from 9000-1800. In larger cities such as Gothenburg, Malmo and Stockholm, some banks have longer opening hours and are open at weekends.
Currency can be converted at FOREX foreign exchange agencies; these are found in major cities, airports and ferry terminals.
Sweden duty free
Sweden is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs – all at tax-free equivalent prices.
If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:
• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.
If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Sweden without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of Kr4,300 for air and sea travellers and Kr3,000 for other travellers.
You must be at least 20 years old to import alcohol and 18 years old to import tobacco.
Unlicensed firearms and ammunition, meat and dairy products from outside the EEA, and medicines and narcotics (unless prescribed).
Unlicensed firearms and ammunition.