Most popular locations to hire a car in Sweden
Sweden Mini Guide
Sweden is a kingdom, a Nordic nation to be found upon the Scandinavian Peninsula in the Northern part of Europe. The kingdom of Sweden has borders with Denmark, Finland and Norway and has been a member of the European Union since the beginning of 1995. Sweden is also the most visited nation in the whole of northern Europe, seeing up to 6 million visiting tourists each year.
It is also the largest country in terms of land area in northern Europe, as well as the fourth largest within the whole of Europe; it covers an area almost 450,000 square kilometres and has a population of almost 10 million. This makes Sweden an excellent nation to tour by car, for those that enjoy the open road, long-distance driving on excellent freeways, Sweden is arguably the best destination within the whole of Europe. Sweden has a long history and visitors are able to explore some excellently preserved and renovated historical sites from the Viking era right through to present-day history. Many of the towns in Sweden are of medieval origin, making them charming places to explore either on foot, by car or by public transport.
The capital city of Sweden is Stockholm, it is also the largest city and the home of the Swedish national government and parliament, along with being the city of residence for the Swedish monarchy. The area of Greater Stockholm contains almost 30% of the entire Swedish population, making it the most densely populated part of Sweden by far. Located over upon the East coast of Sweden, it makes an ideal location from which to explore the surrounding area from the comfort of your own touring vehicle. Stockholm sits in the part of the country where the Baltic Sea meets Lake Malaren, the city centre comprises of 14 separate islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago, dead city centre is situated right on the water in Riddarfjärden Bay.
The old town is noted for its medieval street layout, and some of the most impressive examples of medieval architecture to be found within Europe. Moving away from the old town, Stockholm begins to take on a more modern face, and towards the suburbs on the outskirts of the city it displays a fully industrial style of architecture. By using Stockholm as a base of operations, and availing yourself of a hire vehicle, you will have a whole host of interesting attractions and points of interest to visit within an easy day’s drive of the city.
Sweden is most notorious for its Viking history, and there are many Viking related points of interest close by to Stockholm. One of the most popular day trips into the surrounding areas is taking in these historically important Viking sites and the two cities of Uppsala and Sigtuna. The first stop on this tour would be to view the old Viking Bridge named Jarlabankes Bro, replete with runic carvings. Arkils Tingplats the seat of Viking parliament is the next stop on the tour along with the old church at Vallentuna.
Other car hire locations in Sweden
- Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union and has a population of approximately 9.4 million
- The highest temperature ever recorded in the country was 38°C in 1947
- Sweden's largest airport is Stockholm-Arlanda airport which handled around 16.1 million passengers in 2009
- Sweden has produced many famous music bands and singers including ABBA, Roxette and Ace of Base
- Swedish meatballs and gravy is a favourite dish in most homes in Sweden
Should you hire a car in Sweden?
If you are visiting Sweden you can use your rental car to drive to the neighbouring countries of Norway, Denmark and Finland if you wish. Sweden has some impressive ski resorts and hiring a 4x4 is a popular choice with travellers. Conforming to safety requirements is of course important so we are able to pre-book snow tyres and snow chains should you need them.
Whilst public transport in Sweden is generally excellent, it can never offer the same freedom that self-drive car rental offers.