Formalities for entering Sweden
The Kingdom of Sweden is part of the European Union and the Schengen Treaty. However, you may be required to present a valid ID or passport when entering the country or at other instances within the country.
A valid Visa is necessary when coming from certain countries outside Europe and you are advised to check well in advance with a Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country. To receive an invitation letter for the purpose of a Visa application tick the box in the application form or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
English is the official language at the conference.
Swedish is the language spoken in Sweden. However, essentially everybody you will deal with in Göteborg (and most over Sweden) will understand and commonly speak English.
The conference cannot be made liable for any personal injuries, damage or loss of property that may occur during the conference to any of the delegates. You are advised to check well in advance that all relevant personal and corporate insurances are valid when attending the meeting.
Sweden has NOT adopted the Euro. The currency in Sweden is the Swedish Crown (SEK, in Swedish: krona, plural kronor; symbol: kr). As off December 2018 one USD/Euro is about 10 SEK, one GBP is about 11 SEK.
Payment by cash has become rather uncommon in shops, hotels, restaurants and official taxis, in some instances may not even be possible. Have a valid credicard with you. Money can be changed most conveniently in Forex offices (see www.forex.se for rates) at the airport and in town.
There is 220V electricity.
Time and daylight
During the conference Central European Summer Time is valid (GMT +1h).
At the time of the conference you can expect daylight from about 0600 to 2100 plus about 1h of twilight before sunrise and after sunset, depending on weather conditions.
In late August, the weather tends to be fine to variable and you should be prepared for anything from sunny conditions with deep-blue skies to rainy days. Accordingly, maximum temperatures can vary between 15-25°C. Water temperatures in the sea and inland lakes may still be around 16-22°C. Since Göteborg is at the seaside, there is commonly some light wind.
No formal dress is required during the conference. The venue is air-conditioned; hence do not dress too lightly.
Generally, Göteborg is a safe city although it is advisable not to frequent centrally located parks, empty spots, and the large shopping centre “Nordstan” after midnight.
During the summer, pickpocket bands have become an increasing plague in Göteborg, especially in crowded places and during the touristic high season. Be prepared.
Public transport is not required to reach the venue from any of the conference hotels. But when you wish to move around, there is a very well developed network of trams and busses in Göteborg. Tickets valid 24 hours (95 SEK) or 72 hours (195) can be purchased at “pressbyrån” or “tidpunkten” or by downloading the App Vasttrafik To Go (which even allows buying 90min tickets for 27 SEK). The tram/bus system also includes ferries to the islands in the archipelago of Göteborg (Göteborg’s skärgården). Such ferry tours are very popular and the islands offer many small remote scenic beaches.
Car rental Renting a car is quite affordable in Sweden. All major companies are represented. Note that many petrol stations (Statoil) all over the country rent out cars with very good conditions.