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A man and woman sit in a well-lit bar, each with a glass of wine.
Restaurant and bar, Stockholm
Photo: Tove Freiij/imagebank.sweden.se

Facts

Tipping

Tipping in Sweden isn't as established as in many other countries. It's always welcome but not expected.

When eating out in Sweden it is common to to round up to the nearest big number. For example if your bill comes to 380 SEK, you can round up to 400 SEK. Sometimes a service charge is included in the bill, but this will be clearly stated on the bill. 

Giving a couple of kronor extra is a nice way of saying thanks for friendly service. However, even if you choose not to leave a tip, it’s highly unlikely anyone would be offended.

Have you decided to tip but are unsure of the best amount?

A nice tip (and one that is pretty easy to calculate) is to add 10% of the final bill.

  • Tipping for special services provided by hotel staff is fine, but is not expected and is simply a matter of personal taste. 
  • Taxi drivers can be given a few extra kronor.
  • Porters and cloakroom attendants often charge fixed fees. Doormen at hotels and restaurants are tipped modestly.