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Safety in Sweden: cities and rural destinations

Sweden is considered one of the safest countries in the world for both residents and tourists. In fact, most travelers don’t have to consider any security concerns in Sweden as long as they use basic precautions and common sense to avoid scammers, petty criminals and thieves.

Crime rates in Sweden are much lower than in most other European countries and there are no known health risks for travelers to Sweden, but that does not mean that you should not prepare for the possibility of a confrontation or accident in your travel.

Depending on where you are going in Sweden, whether it is a trip to Stockholm or if you are heading to a farm for a holiday in the countryside, you should research your specific destination before you travel to make sure there are no unforeseen events. hazards to your health or safety.


Stockholm may be one of the safest capitals in the world, known for its friendly residents and relatively crime-free neighborhoods. However, although there are no ‘bad’ districts of the city, it is recommended to avoid Stockholm Central Station at night, as homeless people tend to congregate around this transport hub.

If you get lost in the city, you will quickly discover that most Swedes speak English and will be happy to help you on your way. As a tourist, just follow the basic safety tips, and if you fear for your safety in Stockholm, you can contact the Stockholm Police by calling 08 401 01 00 (dial 112 only in emergencies).


Gothenburg is a relatively small city and prides itself on having very low crime rates. Even if you stay out late at night, Gothenburg is safe and the locals prefer to help you find your way home than do something criminal. Driving on snow and ice might be the most dangerous thing here, actually. Gothenburg Police can be contacted at 114 14 or 112 in case of emergency.


In addition to law enforcement, Malmö employs more than 200 people in its Streets and Parks Department to keep the public areas of the city safe. Also, there are no bad areas that visitors should avoid other than the suburbs of Lindänge and Rosengård, which generally seem to be the focus of crime in Malmö. Just use your common sense, be courteous, and put your wallet away when traveling through busy tourist areas or just at night. If necessary, you can call the Malmo Police on 114 14.

Rural areas and farmland

Being away from home in rural Sweden during dusk or dawn may be less safe than being in the city. At those times of the day, moose tend to move and walk on rural roads causing accidents and may even charge pedestrians if they feel threatened or are hot. Drive carefully during dusk and dawn and keep an eye out for them.

Variable weather conditions can also affect your safety on the road. Keep your lights on at all times and check for possible ice and snow forecasts before setting off. In rural cities and towns, the crime rate is very low and visitors are very safe in those Swedish areas. Basic travel safety rules give you peace of mind. Just remember that in rural areas, not everyone can speak English if you need help.

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