Bank hours
Banks are generally open Monday through Friday 10 am–3 pm. Many branch offices have additional opening hours in the late afternoon at least once a week.

Driving in Sweden
Sweden, like most other European countries, has right-hand traffic. You must bring your driving licence whenever you drive.

Electricity
Sweden uses 230V AC, 50 Hz.

Emergency
In the event of an emergency, dial 112 and ask for ambulance services, the fire department or the police.

News
Radio Sweden is the international and multicultural service of state-owned national radio broadcaster SverigesRadio, www.sverigesradio.se. See www.thelocal.se for news about Sweden in English.

Post offices
Nowadays, post offices are integrated into various shops, grocery stores, petrol stations etc. You can use them to send packages and buy stamps. The opening hours differ according to the specific stores they are in. Generally, they are open during normal shopping hours, but local variations may occur. Look for the blue postal sign with the yellow bugle.

Public holidays
A list of important Swedish holidays can be found at www.sweden.se. Most Swedes have the holidays off, including many civil servants, bank employees, public transport workers, hospital staff, shop assistants and media workers.

Religion
More than 80 % of the Swedish population of Sweden belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Researchers
The Euraxess Sweden website contains a lot of relevant information for researchers visiting Sweden, such as entry into Sweden, work and taxation, social security, bringing your family, language and leisure. There is also a printable handbook and a useful FAQ section, www.researchinsweden.se.

Telephone
The international country code for Sweden is 46. The area code for Stockholm is (0)8. To call abroad from Sweden, dial 00 followed by the country code.

Time
GMT 1. Time is written according to the European system. For example, 2 pm is written 14.00. Daylight saving time is used, i.e. the clocks are moved forward 1 hour at 2 am on the last Sunday of March and are moved back to normal time at 2 am on the last Sunday of October.

Dates are often written in the following order: year, month, day, e.g. 12 October 2009 is written 2009-10-12 (or just 091012), or 12/10 2009. American visitors in particular should take note that 12/10 does not mean the 10th of December.