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Sweden - Driving and Public Transportation

Nationals of EU/EEA member countries are allowed to drive in Sweden on their existing licences, or exchange them for a Swedish licence if they have been registered as a resident of Sweden for at least 185 days.

Non-EU/EEA nationals can drive for up to a year in Sweden on their existing licences, but after this they are required to pass a Swedish driving test. This consists of a practical test and a written theory test. A vision test is also required.

Applications for driving licences or exchange of driving licences should be submitted to the local office of the Swedish National Road Administration.

It is compulsory to use seatbelts in Sweden in both the front and rear seats of cars. Children must use special child safety seats. The blood alcohol limit while driving is 0.2 mg. There are various speed limits in operation throughout the country, ranging from 30 km/h to 110 km/h, which are indicated clearly on roadsigns. Drivers are required by law to use at least dimmed headlights whenever they are driving. The use of snow tires on cars is compulsory between 1st December and 31st March.

There is a well developed road network, which is well maintained and extends to all parts of the country. Highways connect the main settlements. Traffic is usually light, but wildlife such as reindeer and moose on the roads are a hazard in rural areas.

Sweden has a fast efficient public transport system throughout the country. There are several air carriers operating domestic flights throughout the country, and an extensive rail network also covers the whole country. High-speed modern trains are used on all main rail routes, with sleeper services on longer journeys. There are also express bus services operating between Sweden's cities and larger towns.

Within Sweden's cities there are well developed, fairly inexpensive public transport systems. It is possible to buy good value season passes in Stockholm giving unlimited travel on buses and the subway.

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