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[[File:Gas_station_in_Sweden.jpg|thumb|left|250px|A big van driven by a group of Germans, and Israeli hitch-hiker Erga (on the left) on a petrol station on the E4 towards [[Stockholm]]]]
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'''Sweden''' is a member state of the [[European Union]] as well as the [[Schengen Agreement]]. Many say that hitching in Sweden sucks. But it works very well! As anywhere in Western [[Europe]], the motorways are the holy temples of car driving religion and someone standing on them is committing blasphemy. But you can hitch on the motorway ramps as well as on local roads. Better bring a good map, though, so that you won´t end up in an unexpected place.
 
  
One good things especially in northern Sweden is that there are only few main roads, so there you will get along rather well. Be careful to stand somewhere where there is some sign of civilization. As especially in the north the roads are no real motorways and accessible for pedestrians, you can stop all the traffic, especially if you stand on something like a bus stop. When the streets are real motorways you have to take care a little on which petrol station you end up, as there are too much of them, with sometimes only little traffic on each of them, and as most of the petrol stations are one or two kilometers away from the motorway.
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[[File:Hitchhiking-in-sweden.jpg|thumb|Hitchhiking in [[Sundsvall]], [[Sweden]] in the Summer of 2008.We found a ride straight to [[Alta]], Norway.]]
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[[File:Hitchhike_in_lappland.jpg‎|thumb|left|250px|hitchhiking in northern Sweden]]
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[[File:KathaliftartillMalmo.jpg|thumb|left|250px| Katha uses the fastest transport alternative between Lund and Malmö ]]
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[[File:Malteliftarisverige.jpg|thumb|left|250px| Öresund hitchhiker Malte and a helpful driver enjoying the moment during a ride in the region of Dalarna.]]
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'''Sweden''' is a member state of the [[European Union]] as well as the [[Schengen Agreement]]. Many say that hitching in Sweden sucks. But it can work very well! Moreover almost everyone speaks English which will increase your chances of learning from the meetings along the way. As anywhere in Western [[Europe]], the motorways are the holy temples of car driving religion and someone standing on them is committing blasphemy. ( I disagree, see [http://hitchwiki.org/en/Talk:Sweden Talk Sweden] )But you can hitch on the motorway ramps as well as on local roads. Better bring a good map, though, so that you won't end up in an unexpected place. If you travel along the biggest motorway, E4, you will make faster time, but not see that much of Sweden's beautiful landscapes. If your primary aim is to explore the country, you should stay away from E4.
  
There is no special need of practicing your Swedish since almost everyone speaks English there. Though [[User:Guaka|guaka]] thinks it can still be useful to speak a couple of words of Swedish - in Sweden you will often be picked up by immigrants and there's a chance they don't speak English.
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Especially in northern Sweden there are only a few main roads, which means that you might have a shorter time waiting and longer lifts. Be careful to stand somewhere where there is some sign of civilization. As especially in the north the roads are no real motorways and accessible for pedestrians, you can stop all the traffic, especially if you stand on something like a bus stop. When on large motorways you have to take care a little on which petrol station you end up on, as there are too many of them, with sometimes only little traffic on each of them, and as most of the petrol stations are one or two kilometers away from the motorway. You can find a map of some of the bigger service stations (Rasta) online: http://www.rasta.nu/english.htm
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Furthermore, some of the service stations are only built on one side of the lane, and drivers tend to remain on "their" side. If you do have the choice, you should therefore try and avoid crossing over to the other side, as only around 1/4 of the drivers there will continue in your direction.
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Trafikverket distributes a map of service stations (rastplatser) in Sweden. The map shows where the service stations are and what services are offered (usually toilets but sometimes food, petrol or playgrounds as well. The more services offered, the busier the service station is). You can download it [http://www.trafikverket.se/rastplatser here] or get a paper copy from tourist information centres.
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Please note that due to the current (2015/16) discussions and changes in policies concerning asylum seekers and refugees you have to expect ID checks while entering the country. Furthermore you could experiencing problems in any cross-border hitching, especially while travelling north (e.g. from Denmark to Sweden).
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[[User:Perilisk|Anick-Marie]] had no chance at all hitching rides on Öland in May 2005. [[User:EggDestroyer|Aurélien]] hadn't either from Copehnagen to Stockholm in August 2011. On the other hand, [[User:Somewhatofftheway|Ben]] had good experiences in 2010, going most of the way across the country up to Finland. In the summer of 2011 Harry Tattersall Smith and Viljami Laurmaa had an incredible time hitchhiking through the north of Sweden. Any memories of the delays have all but been eclipsed by the fantastic charcaters and experiences we had along the way. Their adventures have been documented [http://glasgowguardian.co.uk/culture/lifestyle/hitchhiking-through-scandanavia/ here] In October 2013 six students at Uppsala Unive
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rsity had a hitch-hiking race to Oslo from Uppsala. Splitting into three teams of two, two of the teams had a really straight forward journey arriving into Oslo after seven hours and three lifts along the E18. The final team took two days, staying overnight half-way thanks to the kindness of a local, but nonetheless they made it!
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== Counties ==
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* [[Blekinge län]]
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* [[Dalarnas län]]
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* [[Gävleborgs län]]
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* [[Jämtlands län]]
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* [[Jönköpings län]]
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* [[Kalmar län]]
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* [[Kronobergs län]]
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* [[Norrbottens län]]
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* [[Södermanlands län]]
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* [[Uppsala län]]
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* [[Värmlands län]]
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* [[Västernorrlands län]]
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* [[Västmanlands län]]
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* [[Örebro län]]
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* [[Östergötlands län]]
  
 
== Cities ==
 
== Cities ==
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* [[Åmål]]
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* [[Dals-Ed]]
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*[[Gävle]]
 
* [[Göteborg]]
 
* [[Göteborg]]
 
* [[Halmstad]]
 
* [[Halmstad]]
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* [[Jönköping]]
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* [[Karlskrona]]
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* [[Kristianstad]]
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* [[Luleå]]
 
* [[Lund]]
 
* [[Lund]]
* [[Karlskrona]]
 
 
* [[Malmö]]
 
* [[Malmö]]
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* [[Mellerud]]
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* [[Mora]]
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* [[Norrköping]]
 
* [[Nyköping]]
 
* [[Nyköping]]
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* [[Örebro]]
 
* [[Stockholm]]
 
* [[Stockholm]]
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* [[Strömstad]]
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* [[Sundsvall]]
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* [[Söderhamn]]
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* [[Trelleborg]] with ferries to Germany and Poland
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* [[Trollhättan]]
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* [[Umeå]]
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== Landscape ==
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Sweden is a rather large country, with very desolate areas in the northern part. Instead of knowing every little city, especially when hitch hiking in northern Sweden, it is more meaningful to have a sense of the different regions or landscapes:
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* [[Dalarna]]
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* [[Härjedalen]]
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* [[Lappland]]
  
== Crossing the border ==
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== Language & Communication ==
Sweden is in the [[Schengen treaty]]. This treaty is rather well respected at the Finnish and Norwegian borders but has stricter regulations at the terminals where ferries from [[Denmark]] port, or at the bridge uniting [[Copenhagen]] with [[Malmö]]. Stricter control and special attention is usually applied to those who look like "being of another race". If you are unlucky, you might be made to strip during their search. The reasons of such strict control derive from the Sweden's specific economic situation (incl. high taxes on alcohol, tobacco, etc.) which attracts a number of smugglers, and a high-standard social security system which is a target of illegal immigrants. Keep in mind, though, that the personality check is not applied to everyone but only to some at random order so you have more chances to quickly cross the border than get stuck explaining to the officials that you are neither an illegal immigrant nor a smuggler.
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There is no special need of practicing your Swedish since almost everyone speaks English there. Although it can still be useful to speak a couple of words of Swedish for the few people who don't speak English – some immigrants for example, who are more likely to pick up hitchhikers even so. Check out the [[Northern Europe phrasebook#Swedish|Swedish phrasebook]]. Hitchhiking means ''liftar''.
  
[[File:Gas station north from Gavle in Sweden.JPG|thumb|220px|left|Petrol station by the lake, North from [[Gävle]]]]
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Also, when asking for lifts at petrol stations, some people don't understand that you are hitchhiking and start to explain you the way as if you had an own car.  
  
== Camping ==
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When people talk about the amount of miles they are doing with their car, it's actually Swedish Miles, which equals 10 kilometres.
[[File:2002 Lodging for the night.jpg|thumb|280px|right|Ready to sleep - a pitched tent outside the road in northern Sweden.]]
 
  
In Sweden, the wonderful Allemansrätt has existed for many centuries only as a customary law, but since 1994 it is part of the Swedish constitution. As in other Nordic countries, the Swedish right to roam comes with an equal emphasis being placed upon the responsibility to look after the countryside; the maxim is "'''Do not disturb, do not destroy'''".  
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[[File:Nannaliftarilappland.jpg|thumb|220px|right|Öresund hitchhiker Nanna knows how to attract the locals in southern Lappland.]]
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[[File:2002 Lodging for the night.jpg|thumb|280px|right|Ready to sleep – a pitched tent outside the road in northern Sweden.]]
  
The Allemansrätt gives a person the right to access, walk, cycle, ride, ski, and camp on any land - with the exception of private gardens, the immediate vicinity of a dwelling house and land under cultivation, and with restrictions for nature reserves and other protected areas. This means that you could put up a tent for free almost anywhere as long as it doesn't disturb anybody. Make sure to '''not leave any garbage''' in the nature - we should really take the responsibility for those future generations will have the same democratic right to the nature as we have, and of course have any nature at all..
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== Useful info  ==
Very welcome to enjoy the Swedish nature!
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== Useful things ==
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There's a quite useful '''[[maps|map]]''' ("vägkarta") which you can get at ''OKQ8'' petrol stations for 15 swedish crowns. It's for whole Sweden and has all ''OKQ8'' petrol stations on it, which can be quite handy when hitchhiking and looking for a good place to be dropped off. [http://publikationswebbutik.vv.se/shopping/ShowItem____4483.aspx Here's another map] that you can apparently order for free. {Link is dead - can someone who knows what this was renew/correct it?} At ''Statoil'' gas stations you get a free map with statoil gas stations. The OKQ8 one might actually also be free now?
'''Internet''' you can normally get at the public or university libraries for free. Sometimes you have to ask for a guest account.
 
  
There's a quite useful '''[[map]]''' ("vägkarta") which you can get at ''OKQ8'' petrol stations. It's for whole Sweden and has all ''OKQ8'' petrol stations on it, which can be quite handy when hitchhiking and looking for a good place to be dropped off.
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It is quite usual to send a '''thanksaying-message''' the day after a party or after a meeting − saying something like "Thanks for yesterday". When one '''enters a flat''' or an apartment (or go further into a truck cab than the passenger seat), it is a must to take off ones shoes!
  
You might come across the "swedish mile" (also '''scandinavian mile'''). This unit of length is used in informal speech an measures 10 km. So 8 ''mil'' would be 80 km.
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It is recommended to bring insect repellent if you hitch during the summer.
  
It is quite usual to send a '''thanksaying-message''' the day after a party or after a meeting − saying something like "Thanks for yesterday". When you '''enter a flat''' or an apartment, it is a must to take off ones shoes!
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For the best chance of getting "lift", go to the petrol stations or were people stop for food along the road. Some Swedes can be quite reserved and for this reason it helps to introduce yourself (with a smile), instead of just being a stranger on the side of the road. Just a thumbs up will work, but might take longer. After 18.00 in the afternoon hitching is difficult here.
  
 
== Links ==
 
== Links ==
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* [http://www.skjutsgruppen.nu Skjutsgruppen.nu] - [[rideshare]] network within the social networks. Also on Twitter: twitter.com/skjutsgruppen
 
* [http://www.samakning.se Samåkning.se] - [[rideshare]] network (for Sweden and [[Northern Europe]] in general)
 
* [http://www.samakning.se Samåkning.se] - [[rideshare]] network (for Sweden and [[Northern Europe]] in general)
* [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5889849780] - facebookgroup for swedish hitchhikers
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* [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5889849780 facebookgroup] for for Swedish hitchhikers
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* [http://www.okq8.se/Pa-stationen/Bensinstationer map with the petrol stations of Q8/OK]
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* [https://www.trafikverket.se/trafikinformation/vag/ trafikverket.se] - online map with up to date information on accidents, closed roads and road works
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Latest revision as of 19:13, 20 January 2018

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Language: none (Swedish de facto)
Capital: Stockholm
Population: 9,234,209
Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
Hitchability: <rating country='se' />
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Hitchhiking in Sundsvall, Sweden in the Summer of 2008.We found a ride straight to Alta, Norway.

Sweden is a member state of the European Union as well as the Schengen Agreement. Many say that hitching in Sweden sucks. But it can work very well! Moreover almost everyone speaks English which will increase your chances of learning from the meetings along the way. As anywhere in Western Europe, the motorways are the holy temples of car driving religion and someone standing on them is committing blasphemy. ( I disagree, see Talk Sweden )But you can hitch on the motorway ramps as well as on local roads. Better bring a good map, though, so that you won't end up in an unexpected place. If you travel along the biggest motorway, E4, you will make faster time, but not see that much of Sweden's beautiful landscapes. If your primary aim is to explore the country, you should stay away from E4.

Especially in northern Sweden there are only a few main roads, which means that you might have a shorter time waiting and longer lifts. Be careful to stand somewhere where there is some sign of civilization. As especially in the north the roads are no real motorways and accessible for pedestrians, you can stop all the traffic, especially if you stand on something like a bus stop. When on large motorways you have to take care a little on which petrol station you end up on, as there are too many of them, with sometimes only little traffic on each of them, and as most of the petrol stations are one or two kilometers away from the motorway. You can find a map of some of the bigger service stations (Rasta) online: http://www.rasta.nu/english.htm Furthermore, some of the service stations are only built on one side of the lane, and drivers tend to remain on "their" side. If you do have the choice, you should therefore try and avoid crossing over to the other side, as only around 1/4 of the drivers there will continue in your direction. Trafikverket distributes a map of service stations (rastplatser) in Sweden. The map shows where the service stations are and what services are offered (usually toilets but sometimes food, petrol or playgrounds as well. The more services offered, the busier the service station is). You can download it here or get a paper copy from tourist information centres.

Please note that due to the current (2015/16) discussions and changes in policies concerning asylum seekers and refugees you have to expect ID checks while entering the country. Furthermore you could experiencing problems in any cross-border hitching, especially while travelling north (e.g. from Denmark to Sweden).

Anick-Marie had no chance at all hitching rides on Öland in May 2005. Aurélien hadn't either from Copehnagen to Stockholm in August 2011. On the other hand, Ben had good experiences in 2010, going most of the way across the country up to Finland. In the summer of 2011 Harry Tattersall Smith and Viljami Laurmaa had an incredible time hitchhiking through the north of Sweden. Any memories of the delays have all but been eclipsed by the fantastic charcaters and experiences we had along the way. Their adventures have been documented here In October 2013 six students at Uppsala Unive rsity had a hitch-hiking race to Oslo from Uppsala. Splitting into three teams of two, two of the teams had a really straight forward journey arriving into Oslo after seven hours and three lifts along the E18. The final team took two days, staying overnight half-way thanks to the kindness of a local, but nonetheless they made it!

Counties

Cities

Landscape

Sweden is a rather large country, with very desolate areas in the northern part. Instead of knowing every little city, especially when hitch hiking in northern Sweden, it is more meaningful to have a sense of the different regions or landscapes:

Language & Communication

There is no special need of practicing your Swedish since almost everyone speaks English there. Although it can still be useful to speak a couple of words of Swedish for the few people who don't speak English – some immigrants for example, who are more likely to pick up hitchhikers even so. Check out the Swedish phrasebook. Hitchhiking means liftar.

Also, when asking for lifts at petrol stations, some people don't understand that you are hitchhiking and start to explain you the way as if you had an own car.

When people talk about the amount of miles they are doing with their car, it's actually Swedish Miles, which equals 10 kilometres.

File:Nannaliftarilappland.jpg
Öresund hitchhiker Nanna knows how to attract the locals in southern Lappland.
Ready to sleep – a pitched tent outside the road in northern Sweden.

Useful info

Check Nomadwiki for info on visa, accommodation, showers, food, internet access, public transport, busking, places to visit or Trashwiki for dumpsters .. and share your wisdom :)

There's a quite useful map ("vägkarta") which you can get at OKQ8 petrol stations for 15 swedish crowns. It's for whole Sweden and has all OKQ8 petrol stations on it, which can be quite handy when hitchhiking and looking for a good place to be dropped off. Here's another map that you can apparently order for free. {Link is dead - can someone who knows what this was renew/correct it?} At Statoil gas stations you get a free map with statoil gas stations. The OKQ8 one might actually also be free now?

It is quite usual to send a thanksaying-message the day after a party or after a meeting − saying something like "Thanks for yesterday". When one enters a flat or an apartment (or go further into a truck cab than the passenger seat), it is a must to take off ones shoes!

It is recommended to bring insect repellent if you hitch during the summer.

For the best chance of getting "lift", go to the petrol stations or were people stop for food along the road. Some Swedes can be quite reserved and for this reason it helps to introduce yourself (with a smile), instead of just being a stranger on the side of the road. Just a thumbs up will work, but might take longer. After 18.00 in the afternoon hitching is difficult here.

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