Swedish transportation

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I came to Sweden from September. I will write about Swedish ways/road…and of course, about traveling.


Swedish Railways, wholly owned by the government, the Swedish State Railways Company (SJ AB: Statens Järnväg aktiebolag) plays an important role in passenger transport across the country.

In addition to the national railway companies, the county (län), city (kommun), and county and municipal transportation authorities (Länstrafik, county and municipal transportation authorities), which are operated by the county (län), city (kommun), and county (landsting), are responsible for local passenger transport.

From Stockholm, there are express SJ2000 trains to big cities such as Göteborg, Malmö and Sundsvall. SJ2000 (formerly known as X2000) is the brand name of a train using the high-speed railcar X2, operated primarily by the Swedish State Railways Corporation (SJ AB).


There are only three subway lines in operation in Stockholm, and trams are used by people in the cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, and Northöping.

It is typical Swedish Tram in Gothenburg.


Buses in Sweden serve as a complementary public transportation system to the railroads. Because Sweden’s railroads operate mainly for medium and long distances, there is a tendency to create rail-free zones, and they are used as a means of short-distance travel to various parts of the city and to neighboring cities.
Of course, you can find Flix Bus in Sweden.


Several airlines, including Scandinavian Airlines, the flag carrier of the three Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, and Denmark), as well as Malmö Aviation, Skyways, and Gotlandsflyg, operate domestic and international passenger flights.


Swedish roads are divided into state-owned “public roads” (allmän väg) and privately owned “other roads” (övriga vägar). General roads are managed by the Roads Agency (Vägverket), an external agency of the Swedish Ministry of Industry. They are divided into European roads (Europavägar), national roads (Riksvägar), county roads (Länsvägar) and other roads (Övriga allmänna vägar).

The traffic used to be on the left side of the road (like in Japan, UK, Thailand), but it was changed to the right side on September 3, 1967, and has been doing so ever since. The main reason for the change is that the right-hand side of the road is the most popular traffic with neighboring countries Norway, Denmark, and Finland.

Roundabouts are located throughout the city, and are considered to be one of the common features of traffic conditions in the UK. There are many rules unfamiliar to the Japanese, such as driving on the right side of the roundabout, so that cars driving in the roundabout go counterclockwise, and cars driving in the roundabout have priority. Because of the climatic conditions, there is always snow in the south of the country in winter, the majority of cars in Sweden are manual transmissions and automatic transmissions are in the minority.Translated with

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