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Why carry an IDP while driving in Sweden?

Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.

It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Sweden highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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Sweden is a great country, packed full of unique things to do and see. It is a Nordic country that is a diverse place that welcomes people with all sorts of different views and backgrounds. Offering everything from archipelagos and Northern Lights to killer fashion, food, and design, Sweden is a country that is hard to pass on when traveling to Europe.

Top Destinations in Sweden

Sweden is packed with beautiful landscapes waiting for you to conquer. You’ll find over 90,000 lakes, various forests, and tons of coastline to walk through in this country in this country. All of the fantastic sceneries add up to a dream destination for any nature lover.

Stockholm Archipelago

Stockholm alone would be a reason enough to convince you to visit Sweden. The Stockholm Archipelago is a collection of over 30,000 islands, islets, and rocks, both inhabited and uninhabited. You can boat, hike, fish, sea kayak, bike, and swim in Stockholm Archipelago.

It is best to visit the Stockholm Archipelago from May to September to enjoy warm weather and sunshine. If you want snow, you can visit between late November and March. To see the midnight sun, visit in June and July.

Driving Directions

  • It will take about 1 hour and 4 minutes to travel from the Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Stockholm Archipelago via the E4 route.
  • Get on E4 in Rosersberg from Route 273
  • Continue on E4. Drive from Route 222 to Gustavsberg
  • Follow Route 222 to your destination
  • Your destination will be on your right

Using the International Driver’s License in Sweden is highly advised. Some rental companies would ask for it before you can’t rent a car from them. You do not need to take an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) exam in Sweden to secure an IDP.

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. If you want to chill and enjoy your time, Gamla Stan is best for you. The pedestrian-friendly museum, filled with sights, restaurants, cafĂ©s, bars, and places to shop for souvenirs. It has a stunning, atmospheric part of the city, steeped in history, with narrow streets and grand buildings.

If you want to tour Gamla Stan with comfortable weather, it is advised to visit from March to August. Be mindful that a lot of tourists will also go to Gamla Stan this season. September to February is usually the month where tourists are low in number.

Driving Directions

  • From Stockholm Archipelago, it takes about 35 minutes to get to Gamla Stan via route 222.
  • Continue to Gustavsberg
  • At the roundabout, continue straight onto Route 222
  • Continue on Route 222. Take Folkungagatan to Slottsbacken in Gamla stan, Stockholm

Suppose you have questions about the International Driver’s Permit/License in Sweden offered by the International Driver’s Association. In that case, their contact number is on their website, so it is better to check it out.

The Royal Palace

This palace is the residence of the King of Sweden. It is one of Europe’s largest castles, boasting more than 600 rooms and several museums. The baroque-style palace houses rich history and many gems. You can see Queen Kristina's silver throne and visit the Museum of Antiquities, the Armoury, the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) Museum, and the Treasury.

This Royal Palace is open all year-round from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day of the week. But the best time to visit it is during summer. A good 1-hour tour of the palace is enough for you to see and explore the palace.

Driving Directions

  • It will take about 34 minutes to travel from the Stockholm Arlanda Airport to the Royal Palace via route 222.
  • Continue to Gustavsberg
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto SkĂ€rgĂ„rdsvĂ€gen/Route 222
  • Go through 1 roundabout.
  • Keep right at the fork to stay on Route 222, follow signs for Stockholm C/Hamn StadsgĂ„rden/Sickla (Toll Road)
  • Continue on Route 222. Take Centralbron to Skeppsbron in Gamla stan, Stockholm

You do not need to schedule to obtain an International Driver’s Permit in Sweden as it can be done online. Just follow the simple steps indicated on the website, and you can get your IDP in no time.

SkyView: The Globe

Named after its sponsor, Ericsson Globe, The Globe is one of the most famous landmarks in Stockholm, Sweden. Sometimes Swedish call it Globen. The Globe was opened in the year 1898 and can hold up to over 15,000 tourists. It is also considered the largest spherical building in the world.

The Globe has had the SkyView that attracts millions of tourists a year. The SkyView is an elevator that takes you to the top of the Globe. It is the best way to see the city of Stockholm completely. Every tourist in Sweden must visit the Globe to experience a unique sightseeing experience.

It is open during summer, winter, and autumn, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30 am to 5 pm. You can visit anytime you want as tourists do not flock to the said place.

Driving Directions

  • From Gamla Stan, it takes about 10 minutes to get to the Skyview: The Globe via Söderledstunneln.
  • Get on Centralbron in Norrmalm from Slottsbacken, Skeppsbron, Slottskajen, Norrbro and Vattugatan
  • Continue on Centralbron. Take Söderledstunneln and Johanneshovsbron to EnskedevĂ€gen in Johanneshov. Take the exit toward Enskede/Globen/SlakthusomrĂ„det from NynĂ€svĂ€gen/Route 73
  • Take ArenavĂ€gen to Arenaslingan

An exam for International Driver’s Permit in Sweden is not needed. Uploading the necessary documents on the International Driver’s Association's website is what you need to secure an IDP. Before submitting your application, remember to review your entry for an International Driver’s Permit in Sweden.

Skansen Open Air Museum

This was opened in 1891, making it to be the oldest open-air museum in the world. It is over 75 acres and boasts historic buildings, including a Sami village from Lapland, huge gardens, and a zoo, which is home to many Nordic animals, including elk, reindeer, bears, and many more.

You can visit Skansen any day of the year as it is open all year long, except Christmas Eve. But the best time to visit the place is from May up to September when most historic houses are open. At least half a day would be enough for you to explore the Skansen Open Air Museum thoroughly.

Driving Directions

  • From the Skyview: The Globe, it will take you about 18 minutes to reach Skansen via Söderledstunneln.
  • Take Arenaslingan to EnskedevĂ€gen
  • Take NynĂ€svĂ€gen/Route 73, Johanneshovsbron, Söderledstunneln, Centralbron, and DjurgĂ„rdsvĂ€gen to Sollidsbacken in DjurgĂ„rden
  • Follow Sollidsbacken to Sollidenbacken

Using an International Driver’s Permit in Sweden can be an advantage to you. It can be a supplementary document to your local driver’s license when driving on Swedish roads.

Drottningholm Palace

This palace is the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden. There is a lot to see, and the grounds of this palace are breathtaking. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site and a private residence of Sweden’s royal family, visiting the said place will let you experience a historical milieu of the highest international standards.

The palace is open all year round, but it is best to visit the palace from March through August. During this spring to the summer season, you can stroll around the different landscapes in comfortable weather.

Driving Directions

  • It will take you about 31 minutes to get to the Drottningholm Palace from Skansen via route 275.
  • Follow Sollidsbacken to DjurgĂ„rdsvĂ€gen
  • Drive along StrandvĂ€gen, Norr MĂ€larstrand, DrottningholmsvĂ€gen/Route 275 and Route 261
  • Drive to your destination

While planning for your trip to Sweden, make sure to include obtaining an International Driver’s Permit in Sweden in your list. Also, you have to consider the money you are willing to spend on your trip to Sweden.

Kalmar Castle

Explore and conquer a 16-century palace built in Renaissance-style architecture. Explore and enjoy the history and culture of the castle through the rooms in the governor's apartments, with each representing a different event. You can wander across the tower bridge and through the courtyard to witness historical sites such as the castle’s dungeons, chapel, cannons, and hidden rooms.

If you want to visit Kalmar castle with fewer tourists around you, do not visit in June to July. These months are the high season in Sweden. So it's better to avoid visiting the castle in the said months.

Driving Directions

  • From Drottningholm, Sweden, the routes E4 and E22 will take you to Kalmar Castle the fastest.
  • Get on E20/E4 in FredhĂ€ll, Stockholm from Route 261 and DrottningholmsvĂ€gen/Route 275
  • Follow E4 and E22 to Erik Dahlbergs vĂ€g in Kalmar. Take exit Trafikplats Kalmar C from E22
  • Follow Erik Dahlbergs vĂ€g and Norra VĂ€gen to Jenny Nyströms grĂ€nd

Before hitting the road, check and review if you have your International Driver’s Permit in Sweden and other required documents with you. Road checkpoints can happen anytime, so it is better to be prepared.

Abisko National Park

Every tourist dreams of seeing the famous Aurora borealis or the Northern lights. The Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland is one of the best places in the entire world to witness the well-known astronomical phenomena. This park is also famous for its natural beauty and Nordic wildlife.

You should visit in both the winter and summer seasons. In summer, you get to experience the midnight summer where the sun never sets in the summer. In winter, you get to see the astonishing Northern Lights.

Driving Directions

  • From Kiruna, Sweden, via the E10 route, it takes about 1 hour and 11 minutes to reach the Abisko National Park.
  • Head west on VĂ€nortstorget toward Lars Janssonsgatan
  • Turn right onto Lars Janssonsgatan
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Hjalmar LundbohmsvĂ€gen.
  • Turn right onto StationsvĂ€gen
  • Turn right onto Lombololeden/E10
  • Continue to follow E10

Set your schedule on when to obtain an International Driver’s Permit in Sweden. With this, you can fully enjoy traveling to Sweden without any worries in your mind.

Icehotel

Sweden’s Icehotel was the world’s first hotel built of ice. It was built in the year 1990. This unique hotel is built up of over 4,000 tons of ice harvested from the Torne River. The walls, floors, and ceilings are made up of ice. The hotel has more than 50 rooms, a chapel for weddings, and an ice bar.

The best time to visit the unique hotel in Sweden is in March and April, where it is the spring season. Harvest season at Icehotel is when thousands of tons of ice are extracted in big blocks from the Torne River during the spring season.

Driving Directions

  • It will take about 13 minutes to reach the Icehotel from Kiruna Airport via E10 and MarknadsvĂ€gen.
  • Head northeast on FlygfĂ€ltsvĂ€gen
  • Turn right onto E10
  • Turn left
  • Continue onto MarknadsvĂ€gen
  • Your destination will be on the right.

For further questions about getting an International Driver’s Permit in Sweden, you can call the International Driver’s Association’s contact number.

Most Important Driving Rules

If you are planning to tour around Sweden with a rental car, it is essential to know and be familiar with the road rules and regulations of the country you are about to visit. There may be Swedish road rules that might not be familiar to you; that‘s why familiarize yourself and obey the road regulations in Sweden.

Basic Traffic Rules

Some countries may require you to drive on the left side of the road, but you are to drive on the right side in Sweden. This means you’ll pass or overtake vehicles on your left.

Always Bring The Required Documents

Road checkpoints can happen at any given time and place. That’s why it is always encouraged to bring legal documents such as your local driving license, your IDP, your passport when driving in Sweden.

Do I Need an International Driver’s License in Sweden?

An International Driving Permit in Sweden is not necessarily required. As long as you have your local driver’s license, you are good to go driving in Sweden. But some rental companies might require an International Driver’s License in Sweden for you to rent a car from them.

How to Get an International Driving Permit/License in Sweden?

You can apply for your International Driver’s Permit in Sweden online. Just visit the International Driver’s Association’s website to secure your International Driver’s Permit/License in Sweden. You can see on the website the steps on how to secure your IDP.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs Is Strictly Prohibited

Sweden is very strict when it comes to drunk driving. As little as a glass of beer can get you in trouble when driving. A single beer can send you over the Sweden blood alcohol limit of 0.02, one of the lowest in the western world. If you are caught violating this, you will get a high fine or a jail sentence.

Obey Road’s Speed Limit

Overspeeding is one of the reasons why severe accidents happen on the roads. Thus, you need to be attentive and obey the speed limits that are imposed in Sweden. The punishment for exceeding a posted speed limit is paying fines, and a person caught speeding also risk the withdrawal of their driving license for up to 36 months.

Always wear your seatbelt

When driving in Sweden, you always have to wear your seatbelt. Sweden has a national seat-belt law. Front and rear seaters shall always wear the seatbelt to lessen the risk of getting killed or injured in a road accident.

Refrain From Using Your Phone While Driving

A lot can happen when your attention is directed away from the road when driving—using your phone while driving can cause your attention to be diverted from the road. So if you really need to use your phone, pull to the side of the road before using it.

Do Not Drive With an Expired License

Driving with an expired local driver’s license and International Driver’s Permit in Sweden can get you in a lot of trouble. Not just in Sweden but also all around the world. Even if your local driver’s license is the only one that expired, your International Driver’s Permit in Sweden will not suffice when authorities ask for your local driver’s license.

You can renew your International Driver’s Permit in Sweden online. Just do the same steps you did when you applied for the first time. The requirements for the renewal of your International Driver’s Permit/License in Sweden can also be found on the website. The digital copy of your IDP will be emailed to you in 2 hours, and the physical copy will be shipped to you immediately.

If you lose your IDP issued by the International Driver’s Association, you can also request a replacement from them. They offer free replacement with you only paying for the shipment fee of the physical copy. Suppose you have an additional inquiry about securing an International Driver’s Permit in Sweden. In that case, the International Driver’s Association’s official website provides you their location and email address that you can visit or contact to answer your questions.

Planning for a trip to Sweden is yet another hard challenge you must do. Remember to plan carefully and not let any troubles hinder you to enjoy traveling around Sweden. Moreover, with the International Driver’s Association, your trip to Sweden can be worth remembering.

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