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About Uppsala and traveling in Sweden

About Uppsala

Uppsala is one of Sweden’s oldest cities. Uppsala was originally known as Östra Aros up until the 13th century when it was renamed. Today, Uppsala is one of Sweden’s four major cities, with a population of 230 000 inhabitants.

Uppsala has a rich and inspiring range of cultural activities and exciting events together with the whole of Sweden’s history – all in one place. The tourist attractions are numerous and include something for everyone. In addition, there is beautiful nature, both in the centre of town and close by. For travellers, Uppsala is only 30 minutes away from Stockholm and 17 minutes from Stockholm Arlanda Airport by train. In the city, the distances are short, and you can easily walk or bike to any sight or attraction. 

Besides a rich cultural life and beautiful scenery, the Cambridge of, Sweden, is also home to two prestigious universities and the head residence of Sweden's archbishop. Uppsala is also considered a key innovation city, in which academia and progressive research position the city as a leading city for innovations and modern technology. 

Although being one of Sweden's major cities, Uppsala still retains a small-town feel. Whatever type of cuisine you happen to fancy, Uppsala has a wide selection of pubs, restaurants, and cafés. Also, while in Uppsala - don’t forget to enjoy a Swedish fika, a Swedish social institution: a friendly, relaxing break with coffee and cake.

Welcome to Uppsala!

Tipping in Sweden

Tipping in Sweden is not as established as in many other countries. It is always welcome as a gesture of acknowledging friendly service, but not expected. Sometimes, a service charge is included in the bill, but this will be clearly stated on the bill.

Right of public access

When visiting Sweden you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house or land under cultivation. Be sure to take care of nature and wildlife and to show consideration for landowners and for other people enjoying the countryside

Drinking water

Tap water in Sweden is of high quality and is perfectly safe to drink.

Time zone

Sweden is in the Central European Time zone.

Please see: Time Zone & Clock Changes in Stockholm, Sweden (timeanddate.com)

Climate and Clothing

For weather information and forecast in Uppsala, please visit: smhi.se

Local Currency

The Swedish currency is the Swedish Crown (SEK). Credit or debit cards are the most common form of payment in Sweden.

Smoking policy

Sweden has a non-smoking policy, i.e. smoking is prohibited in public buildings, public transport, taxis, buses and trains. In addition, hotel rooms are non-smoking.


In Sweden the power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Passport and Visas

All EU citizens, as well as citizens from the EFTA and the countries with special agreements on visa-free movement with Sweden do not require a visa for tourist purposes. To find out if a person needs a visa to enter Sweden, we recommend consulting the official Swedish Migration Agency website (www.migrationsverket.se).

Important numbers

In Sweden, emergency numbers for the police, the ambulances, as well as the firemen, are united in the unique 112 emergency number. You should only use this number for real emergencies. For any other queries, please contact a local hospital or healthcare centre. For 24h non-emergency health advice and care, dial 1177.