Driving in Sweden 

Compulsory items

  • 'GB' sticker, unless the registration plates have the GB logo on them
  • Registration and insurance documents
  • Warning triangle (excludes motorcycles)
  • Reflective jacket / vest
  • Headlight converters
  • Motorcyclists must wear a crash helmet
  • Between 1 December and 31 March, it is compulsory to carry antifreeze and a shovel in case of wintry weather conditions

Speed limits

  • Built up areas: 18mph or 30km/h
  • Outside built up areas: 43mph or 70km/h
  • Motorways: 55mph or 90km/h


  • Children under 15 years or less than 1.35m in height must use an approved child seat that is appropriate for their age and size
  • Children less than 1.35m in height travelling in the front seats must do so in a rear facing seat, and the airbag must be deactivated
  • Children over 15 years or 1.35m in height may use an adult seatbelt
  • Children weighing up to 13kg must use a rear facing child seat, either on the front or rear seats.
  • Children over 18kg may use front facing seats.


  • It is recommended, but not compulsory, that drivers keep a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, tow rope and jump leads inside the car
  • Speed limit in Sweden are not based on the type of road, but the quality and safety of the road itself.
  • Therefore, speed limits may vary along the same road so it's important to give the road signs your full attention.
  • As in the UK, wearing seatbelts is a legal requirement
  • It is compulsory for dipped headlights to be used in daytime
  • Between 1 December and 31 March, it is compulsory to use winter tyres with a minimum tread of 3mm in winter road conditions
  • Summer tyres may be used between 1 December and 31 March if there are no wintry conditions, but as these cannot always be forecast it's advisable to fit winter tyres
  • Animals such as deer and moose pose a very real risk to driver safety in Sweden. Pay attention to road signs warning of their presence.