With thousands of lakes and plenty of rain and snow, clean drinking water is something Sweden has by the bucket load. Regardless of where you travel, the cold water that comes out of the taps is almost certainly safe to drink.
Because of this, Swedes rarely buy still bottled water – indeed, you may have a job tracking it down at convenience stores and small supermarkets, which usually only sell flavoured or sparkling water. A small bottle of sparkling water will usually set you back 22–35 SEK.
If you’re travelling around the country or spending a day sightseeing then it’s worth buying a drink from a shop and then re-filling the bottle from the tap at your hostel or hotel. The tap water in the bathrooms at restaurants, museums and other attractions is also safe to drink.
Sweden has a reputation for being clean and pollution-free, but you should still be careful about drinking from lakes, rivers and streams – even if it looks clean, it may not be safe to drink. Our guide to camping in Sweden has more info.
- How do I find long-term rental accommodation in Sweden?
- Is Airbnb legal in Sweden?
- Are there many hostels in Sweden?
- Do I need a padlock for Swedish hostels?
- Do Swedish hostels provide bed linen?
- Are bedbugs a problem in Sweden?
Food and drink
- Can I drink the tap water in Sweden?
- Is the food safe to eat in Sweden?
- Will I find vegetarian/vegan food in Sweden?
- Will I find gluten- and lactose-free food in Sweden?
Health and safety
- Is Sweden safe?
- What's the number for the police/ambulance/fire brigade in Sweden?
- Can I trust the police in Sweden?
- Seeing a doctor in Sweden
- How do I see a dentist in Sweden?
- Is medical care in Sweden any good?
- Do I need travel insurance for a trip to Sweden?
- Is Sweden expensive?
- What's a good daily budget for Sweden?
- What's the best way to send money to/from Sweden?
- Can I still pay with cash in Sweden?
- What currency do they use in Sweden?