dual nationality – Leaving Sweden with a different passport?

Phoog’s answer is correct for normal times. However, in August 2020 Europe might still have some kinds of Covid-19 type restrictions. As of May, if that is the case and which restrictions will be in place in August is anyone’s guess.

In normal times, you would only have to establish your identity with the airline at some point during check in or boarding for which the Argentinian passport should be enough – as would a Spanish national ID card (it is not the airline’s duty to check whether you are legally in the country based on stamps and visas afaik). An expired Spanish passport might also work. You would not encounter any immigration officers along the way and airport security would only need your boarding pass.

In Covid-19 times, any of the three countries you would be touching (Sweden, Denmark and Spain) may have installed temporary border controls conducted by police or immigration officers. If you do, your Argentinian passport will likely raise the wrong kind of questions such as ‘Where is the entry stamp?’, ‘How long have you been in Sweden?’ and ‘Where is your visa?’ You will want to avoid that at all costs. This only leaves the Spanish passport or a Spanish ID card.

As crossing an internal Schengen border still requires carrying a valid ID document (even if it doesn’t have to be shown), an expired Spanish passport might raise questions as it does not unambiguously show Spanish citizenship. However, officers might still exercise goodwill, especially if the passport is recently expired and since you are using it to travel back to Spain (that does not work for the return leg, though).

I personally would not feel safe using any of these almost options. There are still over two months until August which should be sufficient to renew your Spanish passport. In the absence of a Spanish ID card (and if it is not possible to acquire one in time), renewing the passport would be my method of choice.

Has the Sweden model been the best response to the coronavirus?

“Sweden believes that going into lockdown is simply gonna lengthen the process of building up immunities to it and dealing with it. And when you look at the curve models, not locking down got this thing over and out in half the time. We’re never told 98% of the people who get it survive. It’s a long story in The Spectator, much too long for me to read to you, but it’s chock-full of evidence by people in Sweden that their way of dealing with this, not locking down, is by far the smartest way to deal with it because there’s nothing they can do to stop the spread anyway. Nobody can right now. There isn’t a vaccine.” -Rush Limbaugh

Sweden – Mosquito season in Swedish Lapland

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I have walked a lot in Swedish Lapland, and used to live there for almost six years. In fact, mosquitoes can be very bad in the summer, particularly in the forest.

Mosquitoes wake up in mid to late June and are worse at first. For a very early seasonal hike, you may not have any if you go right before they wake up, or you could have the worst mosquito experience you can imagine¹. Walking Kungsleden before summer is not realistic in a normal year as there will be too much snow. Some sections require seasonal bridges or seasonal boats. Hikers have gotten stuck due to the off-season hikes, unaware that the boats won't be in place, and they don't have enough food to walk back or around. Don't be that person. Don't try to walk the Kungsleden before the mosquitoes arrive; It is not usually feasible.

Julio is bad. July in the woods can be very bad. Much of the forest is swampy land. Avoid being anywhere below the tree line in Swedish Lapland in July, unless you're a natural predator for mosquitoes. Above the tree line it is best as there is generally some wind to fly mosquitoes.

August is less bad than July. From mid-August, the mosquito density in the forest becomes quite bearable. August is pretty good for a hike, although it would still bring bug spray.

End of August to mid-September is the best season for hiking for several reasons. The landscape is spectacularly colorful. There are no more mosquitoes: the night frost kills them. There are likely to be northern lights (northern lights) at night. The nights are dark and allow you to sleep. There are less crowds. Crowds? Yes, Kungsleden fills up in the summer; If you want to avoid the crowds, consider Nordkalottruta (regardless of the season). If you hike Nordkalottruta or Grensesømmen in September, you will meet a few other hikers (maybe none), but even Kungsleden starts to be fine by then, particularly in the quieter sections, you can only meet several groups per day.

Around mid-September, the trees lose their leaves. The landscape begins to lose its spectacular colors. Snowfall is common, and unlike August or early September, snow may not melt in a matter of hours. From the beginning to the middle of October, the snowfall will not melt until next June. On the plus side, if you hike in late September, it will have the mountain for you, even in Kungsleden (but the same problem as before summer applied, as seasonal bridges and ships may have been removed; I don't think exact removal dates are publicly announced, but for ships certainly before lakes begin to freeze in mid-October; the only way to be 100% sure ships are in place is when cabins are open, check the STF website for dates.)

One of the most spectacular hikes I did was four days in October in Nordkalottruta between Vuodnabahta and Sørskjomen, but I was living in Kiruna at the time, so I knew the conditions. We were the last visitors for the next 5 to 6 months there.

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OtNo Kungsleden, but if you feel masochistic, spend the summer or the beginning or the middle of July in the upper Könkämä river valley; You will forever remember any Lapland mosquito experience in "not as bad as" terms. While cycling down the road (almost uninterrupted as there was only a slightly windy spot for 100 km) I saw people fishing with mosquito nets from head to toe and, despite the midnight sun, it was quite dark on me (fortunately, waterproof mosquito) in the morning as it was completely covered in mosquitoes.

Sweden – Sending a package to Norway by Post Remaining (from France)

You can send a package to Abisko as long as you notify him well in advance. You will need to pick it up from the Godisfabriken supermarket in Abisko Östra, a little east of the tourist center. From the STF Abisko page:

Ja, du kan skicka både brev och paket hit mot en mindre avgift men du måste, i god tid innan, kontakta receptionen. Brev kan hämtas ut i receptionen medans paket hämtas på Godisfabriken Supermarket i Abisko Östra.


Yes, you can send letters or packages here for a small fee, but you must contact the reception in advance. Letters can be picked up at the reception, while parcels are picked up at the Godisfabriken supermarket in Abisko Östra.

Note that there is also a large amount of outdoor processed food for sale in Abisko (much cheaper than Norway) as it is a major hiking center where many people start the Kungsleden hikes. If you hike before mid-September, expect it to be very busy (~ 200 people per day).

Some unsolicited advice:

  • Lofoten is not suitable for trekking, but only for day hikes, unless you are happy with long sections of roadwalking. The trails mostly connect the trail to the mountain tops, you really can't walk along the chain west of Hinnøya. You'll make the most of Lofoten if you stay in one place and rent a car for shorter or longer walks. It's beautiful, but it's also busy, if you don't like crowds consider Senja as an alternative.
  • If you have some experience and value solitude, consider some alternative routes in the area. I'm not sure how much time you have, but assuming you bring a tent, a lone alternative is to start from Gratangseidet through Gussajávrrit, then south to Katterjåkk-Sjangeli-Unna Allakas and Nordkalottruta south from there. It may also start further west than Gratangseidet, but I have found the path from Tjeldsundbrua to Gratangseidet to be impossible to find and only locally spectacular. I have hiked a lot in the area, and have found the terrain between Skjomen and Hellemobotn some of the most spectacular and lonely. However, from Gratangseidet to Hellemobotn it may be too far.

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Between Baugevatnet and Sijdasjávrre, near Narvik, Norway, ~ 68.1 ° N, October 1, 2012. Probably less than 50 hikers pass per year here, we did not see anyone during the 4 days from Hellemobotn to Skjomen.

Why is the whole world closed due to Coronavirus but Sweden remains open and they are fine?

The goal of mandatory closings and stay-at-home orders is not to prevent people from becoming infected, but to delay the spread so as not to overwhelm our system.

So the question is: is it really that important to slow down the virus? How overwhelmed would our services really be? They said Seattle would be overwhelmed, but the military hospital established there was never used. The hospital ship sent to New York was hardly used.

Traveling to other EU countries for my job when my work permit visa is in process in Sweden

I have applied for a work permit visa in Sweden. I finished my master in Sweden. My employer is registered in Sweden. For the work requirement I need to travel to Germany, but my current visa has expired and the work permit visa is in process. Can i travel now

Traveling to other EU countries for work when my work permit visa is in process in Sweden in the current scenario

I have applied for a work permit visa in Sweden. I finished my master in Sweden. My employer is registered in Sweden. For the work requirement I need to travel to Germany, but my current visa has expired and the work permit visa is in process. Can i travel now

Money – Is it possible to travel to Sweden WITHOUT a credit or debit card?

I heard that in Sweden (Stockholm, Gothenburg), you can only pay for public transport by credit / debit card, or some bad application.

As an enemy of electronic payments, is it possible to travel around the country (by public transport) as a tourist (including Stockholm, Gothenburg) WITHOUT a credit and debit card (and not an application)

I mean, the Swedish krona is a means of payment recognized by the state, so if I come with cash, in theory they are legally obliged to accept it and they really can't refuse to sell me a ticket, or can they?

Schengen Visa for Sweden and Denmark

I am really lost on how to fill out my form, since I have an invitation from my girlfriend from Sweden, but the closest place to her is Copenhagen, not Stockholm.

Should I fill Denmark as my first entry, and leave Denmark as well, and provide my train reservation with my application?