Sweden Risk Report
Security travel advice for Sweden
Threat level: Low-Medium
Recent Security Risk Events
The current level of threat maintained by the Swedish governments is currently at level 3, with 5 being the most serious.
There have been reports of possible threats from ISIS towards the capital Stockholm. The Swedish Intelligence Services have been working closely with the Iraqi Intelligence service on this matter, but as a whole since the Belgium and Paris Attacks, countries across Europe have become more vigilant.
Southern Area of Sweden caution is advised due to previous grenade and car bombings relating to domestic organised crime.
On the 7th of April 2017 a large truck was driven into a crowd along a popular shopping street before crashing into a major department store at the Åhlens Mall in Klarabergsgatan, central Stockholm. It is said that three "gunmen" fled the scene of the incident, firing shots. Many injuries are reported and Police have confirmed that there are three deaths. This is the same area of Stockholm where a terror attack took place seven years ago. It is reported that the truck was hi-jacked earlier in the day and a later search discovered a home-made explosive device. Police made one arrest following the incident. More information will follow.
Petty crime for example pickpocketing can like all European countries occur, it is often areas frequented by tourists and busy areas which are the main risk. Areas such as Stockholm’s old town and central station.
Crime in Sweden has largely remained steady within the country over the past ten years, with the rate of robbery relatively remaining the same, if not dropping during some periods. This is despite an increasing population, with its statistics looking favourably if compared to other European countries.
Organised crime in southern Sweden in areas such as Gothenburg and Malmo have previously been reported. The most severe demonstrating violence with munitions such as grenades and car bombs.
Sweden is currently experiencing an immigration crisis and with this a raise in violent crime against the citizens of Sweden. Policing has been stretched very thin due to the sudden influx of migrants.
Sweden is not part of NATO, and has historically had a close relationship with the Baltic States. It believes that providing security for its country is via staying free of alliances in order to remain neutral. The Nordic region is home to some geographical locations of strategic importance for security with the Baltic area.
It is a member of the United Nations, Nordic Council and since 1995 has been a member of the European Union.
Russia and Sweden have had a long standing history diplomatically as well as in war time eras. As of to date the relationship is one of discussion with regards to Russia’s bombers operating closely to Swedish Airspace.
With Sweden’s healthy economy and manufacturing exports, this has made Sweden a target for more white collar initiatives including espionage and cyber-attacks.
From December 1st through to March 31st, weather in Sweden is subject to harsh and wintery weather conditions.
Care must be taken upon the roads during colder climate times for snow and ice upon the roads, accidents can be prevalent in certain areas. During this time vehicles are required by law to have weather specific tyres.
As part of the country's mandatory driving qualification, harsh weather condition including Skid training is undertaken.
Religion: Christianity (Church of Sweden)
Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
Time now in Stockholm:
On stays longer than 90 days a Visa may be required. Sweden is part of the Schengen Agreement meaning that most tourists can travel and stay in Sweden for 90 days visa free.
It is advised that visitors to Sweden are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is further recommended that most travellers also get a Tetanus vaccination. You may also want to consider vaccinations for Tick-borne Encephalitis as it is present in some areas of the country. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Other health risks
In the southern half of Sweden there is a small risk of catching Tick borne viruses, children native to the country traditionally are vaccinated against such sickness.
Telephone: +46 (0) 8671 30 00
United States Embassy
U.S. Embassy of Stockholm
Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31,
Telephone: +46 8783 53 00
Fax: +46 8661 19 64
Other useful info
Coast Guard: 0155 46 71 00 (Air Patrol)
Coast Guard: 0857 89 76 00 (Command North East)
Coast Guard: 0317 27 91 00 (Command South West)