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Cliffs and farmland
Cliffs and farmland
Cliffs and farmland enveloped in fog, near the west coast of Sweden. Sweden is a great place if you are interested in nature. Much of the landscape is dominated by forests and meadows, but there are also hills, mountains and wetlands.
Photo credit: Per Pixel Petersson/

Swedish weather and climate

Winter and summer temperature differences in Sweden are extreme, but generally the country enjoys a temperate climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream.

Above the Arctic Circle, winter is severe with temperatures going below -30°C, while summer temperatures here, and in the rest of the country, regularly hit +20°C. In the south, winter is generally mild with an average temperature above 0°C/32°F degrees. Sweden's northerly position has a definite summer advantage in that temperatures are rarely extreme and humidity levels are not high.

For up to date weather information for Sweden, you should visit the SMHI site (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute), where you'll also find maps and graphs with weather information.

Sweden's regions and their differences in climate

You can divide the country into three regions; central and southern Sweden, the northeast, and the northwest, or far north to describe the weather in Sweden.

In central and southern Sweden the winters are short and quite cold, and summer temperatures are similar to those in southern England, but with a lot more hours of sunshine and daylight.

In the northeast meanwhile, the winters are severe, the more so as you travel further north, while the summers can be surprisingly warm.

In the far north, the winters are also severe, with snow lying year-round on elevated areas, and the summers are short and changeable. Because Sweden lies at a high latitude much of the country has very long hours of daylight in summer and very long nights in winter.

So, no Polar bears we’re afraid, just the wonderful Swedish weather and all the fantastic things you can do in it.

Current weather in Sweden

More information can be found at the site or at SMHI - weather in Sweden.