General information

Credit cards

The most common credit card in Sweden is VISA or, but you should have no problem finding cash machines that accept Mastercard and American Express as well. Bring your PIN code.

Customs and VAT

Swedish prices include 25 percent Value Added Tax (VAT). It is refundable to persons who are non-EU residents and who are travelling to a non-EU destination. Tax free shopping is possible in many major shops and department stores in Stockholm.

Currency, Credit Card and Exchanging Money

Sweden is one of three EU countries that opted to keep their currency and not use the Euro. The currency in Sweden is called the Swedish Crown, or the krona (SEK).
Credit and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Stockholm.
Forex is the place to exchange money or buy SEK. They are found throughout the city at 17 locations, including Arlanda, the Central train station, NK department store and in the Old Town.

https://www.forex.se/en/

Embassies

If you need to contact the authorities of your home country, here is a list of foreign embassies and consulates in Stockholm.

Emergencies

In case of an emergency while you are in Stockholm, always dial 112. It is a free call which will connect you to the police, fire brigade or hospital.

Internet and wifi

In Sweden and in Stockholm particular there are several ways to go online. Cafes and hotels with wireless Internet can be found throughout the city.

Language

The official language of the Congress is English. All abstract submissions and presentations should be in English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Liability & Insurance

The registration fees do not include the insurance of participants in any way, such as personal accidents, sickness, or cancellations by any party, theft, loss or damage to personal possessions. The Congress Secretariat and the organizers take no responsibility regarding the mentioned above. Participants are advised to take out their own adequate personal insurance.

Mobile phone

As a courtesy to all presenters and attendees, please turn off the signal on your mobile phone while attending sessions.

Safety

Stockholm is generally one of the world’s most peaceful cities, where you can walk around safely at all hours. Yet one should take some usual precautions: Around the Central Station, downtown city and other crowded places as transportation systems you should pay extra attention to pickpockets.

Smoking

Sweden has a smoking ban in all public indoor areas along with most other western European countries.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the venue.

Time zone

Swedish time is GMT plus 1 hour.

Tipping

In Sweden, tipping is not a tradition. If you receive an extraordinary good service, you are welcome to reward it with a tip, but it is not expected.

Weather

The climate in Stockholm follows the four seasons of the northern hemisphere, but temperatures can vary considerably during the year.

Late May and June are normally mild with an average temperature of 15 degrees Celcius / 59 degrees Fahrenheit.