What You Can Expect From Toilets in Sweden

How To "Do Your Business" in Sweden

Public Toilet - Stockholm
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You know you'll have to use a toilet sooner or later after arriving in Sweden. But oftentimes, foreign toilets are different from the ones we're used to. So, let's find out what you can expect from Swedish toilets.

Good Things About Toilets in Sweden

  • The toilets are modern, sometimes in fun Scandinavian designs to keep you entertained.
  • Visitors can often find public restrooms close to popular sights.
  • Toilets in Sweden are self-cleaning (public toilets) or cleaned manually on a regular basis, especially toilets in malls and sit-down restaurants.
  • There are no squat toilets as far as I have ever seen.

Bad Things About Toilets in Sweden

  • There are no squat toilets (just in case you're a fan of those.)
  • They're pricey! Toilets in Sweden often require exact coin payment, e.g. 2 Kroner or 5 Kroner. Make sure to carry coins just for toilets.
  • Just like anywhere else, toilets at Swedish airports and train stations can be smelly and unsanitary. If you can, wait until you reach your hotel in Sweden.

Finding Toilets in Sweden

All toilets in Scandinavia show the symbol for ladies/gents restrooms so they're easy to identify. Since toilets in Sweden tend to cost something, people have started using toilets in restaurants. The ones in fast-food places now also charge you, and some others have locks to keep out people that aren't guests.

Just ask your waiter for the bathroom lock's code.

And to all of you guys out there: Don't use a bush or a tree for your quick business. In Scandinavia, that can quickly earn you a fine.

Traveling elsewhere around Scandinavia?​ Find out about toilets in ​​Finland and Iceland.