When travelling to Sweden there are some regulations that you may have to know about regarding the goods that you bring. What you may bring, depend on if you enter Sweden from another EU country or from a country outside the EU.
There are some goods that are restricted to import to Sweden. Goods like firearms, dangerous articles, narcotics, animals and medicine. You can't bring goods from endangered species (CITES) into Sweden at any time without special permit. Goods that you are using during your trip like clothes, cameras can be brought into Sweden duty-free. If you are arriving to Sweden from a non EU-country you can only bring goods with you (not alcohol or tobacco) for a maximum of (430 €) 4 300 SEK if you travel with a commercial airline or ferryline or (300 €) 3 000 SEK if you travel in any other way without paying any duty or tax.
Remember that some goods like antiques may be restricted for export from Sweden.
Alcohol and tobaccoIf you enter Sweden from a country within the EU, you are only allowed to bring in alcohol and tobacco products for your own or your family's personal use.
If you enter Sweden from a country outside the EU, you are only allowed to bring in a certain amount of duty-free and tax-free alcohol and tobacco products, "travellers allowance".
Firearms and ammunitionFirearms and ammunition may not be brought into or taken out from Sweden without a permit. The term "firearms" denotes arms by means of which bullets, buckshot, harpoons or other missiles can be shot by gunpowder, carbon dioxide compressed air or similar propulsion media. The term also includes CS gas canisters, crossbows, signal and starter's guns for loading with cartridges. The term "ammunition" denotes i.e. cartridges, missiles and percussion caps/detonators.
CS gas canisters and pepper sprays may not be brought into Sweden without a permit from the Swedish Police.
Dangerous articlesThe term "dangerous articles" denotes switchblade knives and stilettos, knuckle-dusters, truncheons, karate sticks, blackjacks, ripping and riveted gloves, maces etc. Such articles may not be brought into Sweden without special permits, issued by the Police at the place of importation.
Food stuffs of animal origin, e.g. meat, fish and shellfish There are in general no restrictions on bringing food stuff for personal use from another EU-country (and Norway) to Sweden.
Food stuff from a country outside of the EU can not be brought to Sweden without a permit from the Swedish Board of Agriculture. Read more on this link.
MedicinesWhen you travel to Sweden you may bring prescription drugs, but only if you intend to use them for a medical reason and it is for your personal use. You are also allowed to bring medicine for pets that are travelling with you, if it has been prescribed by a veterinary surgeon.
Other use of medicines is regulated.
Pet dogs and catsWhen you are bringing your dog or cat to Sweden you must declare it for the Customs. The dog or cat has to have a pet passport with information about identity, vaccinations a.s.o. Read more about it here.
Pets, otherOther pets like rabbits, small rodents, cage birds and reptiles, read more about it here.
Endangered speciesAnimals and products from animals of endangered species are not allowed to be taken into Sweden without a permit from the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
Other commoditiesIf you are a Swedish resident and bringing back goods that you bought in a non EU country there are some things you have to think about, read more about it here.
Pleasure boatsIf you are travelling to Sweden in a pleasure boat there are some regulations to think about. If you have goods to declare you must take contact with the Swedish Customs, and if you are coming from a country outside of the Schengen area you must go to a border crossing point. Read more about it here.
Protection of cultural heritageAny person wishing to export an item of historic interest from Sweden must obtain permission to do so. Read more about it here.
Large amounts of cashAll travellers entering or leaving the EU with € 10 000 or more in cash must declare the sum to Customs in order to comply with European Regulation (EC) No 1889/2005 applicable from 15 June 2007. Read more here.
Tax-free shopping in SwedenFor more information about tax-free shopping in Sweden, please turn to GlobalBlue.