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What Campers Should Know About Camping in Sweden

Be Careful Exercising Your Freedom to Roam

The freedom to roam, or Everyman’s right, is not a free ticket for wild camping. It gives everyone the right to spend the night in a tent in the great outdoors. Although this includes private property, you need to make sure that your camp is not within sight of an occupied house. Wild camping is forbidden on farmland or in nature reserves. Freedom to roam also does not apply to motorhomes: You may only stop on car parks, rest areas, or on the side of the road, and you must not stay longer than 24 hours.

h3.Light’s On!

When you drive on Swedish roads and motorways, you must always have your vehicle's dipped headlights turned on, even if you’re travelling during the day, and the sun is shining.

Slow and Steady

The speed limit on Swedish motorways is 110 km/h for cars. Vehicles towing a caravan must not drive faster than 80 km/h. Speeding can get expensive: You’ll have to pay at least €110 if you’re caught driving 20 km/h over the speed limit outside built-up areas. If you’re more than 30 km/h over the limit, your car could be impounded.

Stay High and Dry

The drink-drive limit in Sweden is 0.02% or 20 mg. The authorities take drinking and driving very seriously, and they regularly test drivers for alcohol. These tests aren’t don’t always happen at night either; sometimes, they’ll occur early in the morning. Drivers are typically checked when getting on or off of ferries.

Alcohol Comes at a Price

Food prices in Sweden are the fifth-highest in Europe, around 10–20% higher than average. That doesn’t mean that you have to empty the contents of your entire fridge into your motorhome before you head out on holiday: Swedish discount grocery stories are quite affordable. The only exception is alcohol, which is expensive and only available in Systembolaget, a government-owned chain of liquor stores. You could end up spending two or three times the price you’re used to for a bottle of beer!

Fishing Licence Required?

Many people falsely believe that the Everyman’s right means that there are no rules or limits for fishing in Sweden. Actually, you don’t need a fishing licence if you plan to stick to the coast or the five largest lakes (Vänern, Vättern, Mälaren, Storsjön, and Hjälmaren). For any other body of water, though, you will need a licence, which you can purchase at tourist offices, kiosks, petrol stations or from machines set up near the water.

Congestion Charges in Stockholm and Gothenburg

In Stockholm and Gothenburg, cars, lorries, and buses under 14 t must pay congestion charges on weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 6:30 until 18:29. If you drive by a control station (“Betalstation”) in the inner city area during these times, your number plate will be registered via photo. You’ll then receive a bill via post, and you’ll have to pay before the end of the following month.