Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 18 February 2020, 14:10 NZDT
  • Still current at: 29 February 2020

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Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Sweden due to the threat of terrorism.

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Terrorism
Terrorist groups have made threats to conduct attacks in Sweden and across Europe. There is also a threat from domestic-based extremists, including plots that may involve foreign fighters returning to Sweden and other countries in Europe from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The potential for terrorist attacks still remains – they could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners.

On 7 April 2017, a man drove a truck into pedestrians before crashing into a department store in central Stockholm killing 4 people and injuring 15 others.

The Swedish Security Service maintain a national terrorism threat level for Sweden. There may be increased security measures in some public places, such as at airports and railway stations.

New Zealanders in Sweden are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising a high degree of vigilance in public places.

Crime
Sweden has a low level of crime, but petty crime is increasingly common over the summer months in tourist areas, including pickpocketing and bag snatching. Incidents of more violent organised crime have been reported in larger cities such as Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings, particularly passports, money and credit cards.

General travel advice
New Zealanders living or travelling in Sweden should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. 

New Zealanders in Sweden are encouraged to register their details their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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The New Zealand Embassy Stockholm, Sweden

Street Address 6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden Postal Address New Zealand Embassy, 6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden Telephone +46 8 400 172 70 Emergency Telephone +64 99 20 20 20 (New Zealand) Email NZEmbassyStockholm@mfat.govt.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz Hours Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm. Visitors to the embassy are by appointment only.

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New Zealand Embassy Sweden

Street Address
6 Skarpögatan, Östermalm 115 93, Stockholm, Sweden

Telephone: +46 8 400 172 70

Emergency Telephone: +64 99 20 20 20 (New Zealand)

Email: NZEmbassyStockholm@mfat.govt.nz

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz

Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm. Visitors to the embassy are by appointment only.

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