March 11, 2016
Driving in Sweden is great. Volvos, great scenery, and the 120km speed limit on the motorways, it’s a pretty good deal here.
To start driving in Sweden can either be really easy or really hard depending on where your current driving licence is from.
I’ve tried to break down everything you need to know about driving in Sweden in this page. If I’ve missed anything, or if you have any questions, just let me know here.
If you want to drive in Sweden, you will need a valid EEC or Swedish licence. If you already have a licence, you can read more about which licences are valid in Sweden.
If you do not have a licence and you want to get a Swedish driving licence or convert your EEC driving licence, you need to speak with the Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen)
If you are from outside of the EEC, you will need to get a Swedish licence and start from the beginning.
Petrol prices vary so it’s hard to pinpoint the exact cost per litre, but most petrol stations are open 24 hours and have chip and pin machines to pay. Petrol here is called bensin and diesel is called diesel. They have all of the regular petrol types as well such as unleaded 95 (blyfri).
Learning to drive in Sweden is expensive and can cost up to 700 kr. per hour to hire a driving instructor. What you can do is learn to drive in another EEC country such as the UK where is is around 200kr per hour or even spend a week doing an intensive driving course (here) and then come back to Sweden. You will need to look into the details around getting a licence in that country but try looking for other options to getting a valid EEC licence.
If you have a driving licence from the EEC, you can drive in Sweden straight away without applying for any extra or a new licence. There is no time limit on how long you can use your licence, and so drivers from outside Sweden can use their home licence for as long as they like.
Bear in mind, it is your responsibility to follow the rules and regulations in Sweden. Furthermore, if your licence has been revoked in your home country, you can not drive in Sweden. If you have a Swedish licence, you should use this instead of your home EEC licence,
So which driving licences are valid in Sweden? At time of writing (December 2015), the EEC licences and countries that allow you to drive in Sweden are:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, UK.
If you do not have an EEC licence, you will need to get a Swedish licence. The governing body in Sweden is called the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) and the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and they are responsible for Swedish licences.
You will need to take lessons to learn the driving laws in Sweden, and then take your driving exam to get a valid Swedish licence.
If you have a valid driving licence from within the EEC, you can exchange it for a Swedish licence without having to re-do your test. As long as your licence is valid in your home country (in date, not revoked, etc) and you are register to live in Sweden (address, personnummer, live here for at least 185 days per year, etc), you can apply to Transportstyrelsen to have it converted to a Swedish licence for a free of 750 kr.
To do this, simply:
I am not sure how long this takes but I imagine it will take 6-8 weeks so if you NEED your Swedish licence for some reason, I suggest you plan this in good time.
Processes and prices are correct at time of writing (December 2015).
Photo Credits: Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se
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