By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're planning a trip to Sweden. What's the exchange rate and what type of temperatures can we expect in July?

A: Thanks to the Gulf Stream, summer is generally mild in Sweden with average temperatures between 16 and 18 Celsius. Be prepared for showers, so pack a light rain jacket.

You'll also be arriving when the Swedes will be experiencing the midnight sun, which is an annual phenomena in the far north where the sun never sets from May until mid July. At Abisko and Björkliden, it is visible from about 17 June until 19 July while Gällivare gets the midnight sun from about 4 June till 12 July.

When currency is mentioned, Sweden uses the krona or kronor. At last count, one dollar Canadian equalled about 6.65 Swedish Kronor. As an idea for dollars, a "dagens rätt" (dish of the day) is available in most restaurants at lunchtime and costs about $8.00 Canadian.


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