Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the largest airport in Sweden and is the third largest airport of the Nordic countries. SAS Scandinavian Airlines is the national carrier, operating connecting flights to major cities in Sweden, via Stockholm. Through its cooperation with the Star Alliance members, SAS links many parts of the world directly to Sweden.
The Star Alliance members are:
Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, BMI, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spainair,, SWISS, TAM, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United and US Airways.
You can fly direct to Stockholm and Gothenburg with SAS, British Airways, Ryanair and Easyjet. Norwegian fly direct to Stockholm.
Skane and Malmo is easily accessible via Copenhagen in Denmark and Oresund Bridge and SAS, British Airways, Easyjet, BMI and Norwegian fly there. BMI also flies from Birmingham to Gothenburg.
Rynair now also flies direct from London Stanstead to Malmo Sturup Airport.
Nonstop services are offered from Newark, NJ and Chicago to Stockholm (via Copenhagen, from Seattle and Washington DC).
Continental Airlines offer nonstop services to Stockholm from Newark, NJ and Delta Airlines offer nonstop service between New York, JFK and Stockholm.
Most European airlines, Icelandair and Finnair to mention a few, fly to Sweden from North America via a connection in Europe.
Standard Swedish spoken by most Swedes is the national language that evolved from Central Swedish dialects in the 19th century becoming established by the 20th century. Whilst distinct regional variations descended from older rural dialects still exist, the spoken and written language of Standard Swedish is uniform and standardized.
Standard Swedish is spoken by about 9 million people mostly in Sweden but also in parts of Finland. It is a North Germanic language descendant from Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic Peoples.
There is a wide variety of Swedish accommodation from sleeping on a bed of ice, taking a bird’s eye view from a tree house to living like a king in an elegant manor or even experiencing life in a monastery.
To supplement these extremes, there are over 3400 hotels and guest houses in Sweden covering all price categories and for the outdoor enthusiast, the traditional Swedish wood cabin offers a chance to sample the stunning landscapes across the country. With the wealth of natural timber available, many conventional homes in Sweden are of wooden construction but to experience traditional Swedish rural life what better than a trip to Swedish Lapland and a stay in your own Swedish Guest Cabin!
FOOD AND DRINK
Swedes have created a very distinctive style of food and drink known as Swedish Cuisine but it lacks the sophistication of French Cuisine with the food being quite simple but satisfying.
Traditionally, in the colder north of Sweden, reindeer meats and game dominated the cuisine with a predominance of stews and casserole dishes whilst to the south there is a more cosmopolitan cuisine with a host of exciting dishes much influenced by an influx of immigrants over recent decades. Unsurprisingly foreign fast food is now an inseparable part of Swedish youth culture.