Are credit cards widely used to pay in shops and restaurants? we live in a European country were credit cards aren't generally accepted in shops and some restaurants so I was wondering.
Also, anyone know if you can buy tram tickets with a credit card at ticket machines?
And the last random question is: dh has been specially asked to bring chocolates when he visits colleagues for a week long conference. Are Lindt chocolates a good idea? Seems silly if they're available there. What would be a good un/less-available treat for someone living in Sweden?
Yes credit cards are widely used across Sweden, especially in Stockholm. The chocolate thing depends on who he is giving them too I would think. Don't bother with Lindt as you can buy that here. Anything Cadburys, Anything Thorntons, a big box of Roses, a really big box of Roses. T bags are always good. Proper 'tea-dunkin' biscuits. A fish supper( No seriously, I would kill for a fish supper)
That's good to know scottswede thanks for the information.
I can get tins of Roses where we live (not UK) so that's a good idea. One of the colleagues is from Belgium and lives in Stockholm so mentioned that he was missing Belgian chocolate. Off out now to do some chocolate shopping! Decent tea isn't available where we live - I make cups of tea with 3 of the locally available tea bags per cup and it still just tastes like hot water!
They declined the offer to bring them anything alcoholic which was surprising as dh heard that it's very expensive in Sweden. Maybe that puts people off drinking anyway.
Yes to all that Scotswede said! It is very normal to use the card for even very small amounts here. Re chocolates, something I haven't seen much of here is the whole Salt Caramel trend, so something like that might go down well, especially given how popular salt liquorice is.
Fish'n'chips here too please, and some Cadbury's picnics or Fry's turkish delight.
One thing with card payments, some places require additional ID when paying by card so keep your passport with you. Although saying that, I haven't been asked for a while so they may have given up on that.
Dh is on his way home, had a great week in Stockholm and would gladly stay there even if his conference was a bit of a let down the rest was brilliant! Great that the credit card worked for everything as over where we live quite a few shops and restaurants don't even take them.
Are cold fish and cold meats traditional food over there? He said he'd only been offered cold food
Marinated herring is very big here. I happen to love it, curry flavour and garlic are my favorites. Smorgasbords are quite traditional I suppose. Swede will quite happily have bread with cold meat and cheese for lunch where Brits would probably have warm food (pies, pasties...) Glad he had a nice visit. Stockholm is a lovely city (expensive , but lovely)