How to Call Someone in Sweden

A telephone box in the snow at night beside a road in Stockholm in Sweden in winter
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Need to call Sweden and not sure how to do it? It's easy when you know the country code and follow these steps before you call someone in Sweden:

  1. First of all, check what time it is in Sweden right now so you don't call Sweden when it's the middle of the night there.
  2. Start the international call from the US by dialing 011. From within Europe and Asia, dial 00. From Australia, dial 0011.
  3. Now dial 46 (46 is the country code for Sweden).
  1. Proceed to dial the Swedish 1 to 3 digit area code. If the phone number's area code starts with a 0, leave the 0 out. (E.g. If a phone number for Stockholm starts with 08, which is this city's area code, you would not dial the 0.)
  2. Now dial the 5 to 8 digit local telephone number. Wait for the call to connect and talk.

It is important to keep in mind that someone in Sweden would expect a caller to identify himself in Swedish (just as you would expect to hear English when answering the phone in your English-speaking home country). So how do you switch languages if needed? It is polite to begin your phone conversation with a simple hej (hello) and then say "forstar du engelska" (do you understand English?) if you are unable to conduct the conversation in Swedish. Know that nearly everyone in Sweden speaks English. You can also begin your conversation by saying "Hello, I do not speak Swedish, do you speak English?" to make sure the answering person is aware of your language preference immediately.

This is a quick and easy step to avoid any confusion and language barriers during phone calls, especially in the business world.

Private individuals that already know you and your language skills may not at all mind a few words of broken Swedish at first and then listen as you move your conversation into English once you have exhausted your Swedish vocabulary.

They very much appreciate when a foreigner tries to say a few words in Swedish, even if it comes out with imperfect pronunciation! Give it a try next time.

Essential Tips

  1. When using a phone card to call Sweden, follow the card's instructions. Not all prepaid phone cards allow you to place calls to other countries, however. The same is valid for cell phones - check with your carrier if you experience any issues.
  2. When placing an international call to Sweden, always omit the leading 0 of the area code if there is one.
  3. When calling Sweden, most locals will be able to talk to you in English. To put in a little extra effort, take a look at some basic Swedish phrases to use as greetings.
  4. To call from Sweden, dial 00 for an international call and then the country code (e.g. 1 for the US, 33 for France, 61 for Australia, etc.) before the actual number.

Important Numbers

Area codes for Sweden's larger cities include:

  • Stockholm: 8
  • Goteborg: 31
  • Malmo: 40
  • Uppsala: 18

Local telephone numbers you may need while visiting Sweden:

  • 112: Emergency services
  • 11313: Information during emergency events and large accidents
  • 11414: Police (non-emergency)