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Swedish road

Hit the road

Driving in Sweden’s three main cities – Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo – isn’t easy because of narrow streets, one-way systems and limited parking. But once you get onto the open road you’ll find spectacular drives where quite often yours will be the only car on the road.

Don’t be tempted to drink and drive: the blood-alcohol limit in Sweden is just 20mg (compared with 80mg in the UK) with random checks and on-the-spot fines.

Star drive

Head north out of Gothenburg to Stenungsund and you’re set on a wonderful three-day adventure across bridges and ferries to the lovely islands of Tjörn, Klädesholmen and Orust.

Laws of the land

  • All car passengers must wear seatbelts if fitted
  • Children under 7 years of age or less than 135cm tall must wear a suitable child seat or booster seat appropriate to their size and weight, whether sitting in the front or back
  • In built-up areas horns must only be used in emergencies
  • Trams always have priority
  • All vehicles must use dipped headlights during the day
  • Motorcyclists must wear crash helmets (including passenger)

Swedish speed limits

Road type

Speed limit

Urban areas

50 kmh (sometimes 30 kmh, check signage)

Outside urban areas

90 kmh


Up to 120 kmh (check signage)


Local knowledge

Reindeer and elk have a habit of wandering onto roads, particularly early in the morning and at dusk.

Did you know?

In the Swedish countryside drivers blow their horns or flash their lights to signal their intention to overtake.

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