Traveling to Sweden soon? Don't let high roaming costs ruin your trip. I recommend you to get a local sim card on arrival. Don't rely on overseas data roaming as they always reduce the internet speed. By buying a sim card in Sweden you get the best network and fastest internet speed available. This is your complete guide for Sweden sim cards with where to get one, up to date prices as per February 2021, the best network and everything else you need to know...

My continuous travels around the world since 2012 brought me to Sweden many times. As part of visiting all the European countries researching the best European sim card for tourists in 2021 I roamed around several cities in Sweden to get the most up to date info about Sweden sim cards for tourists. 

Surprisingly Sweden sim cards are pretty good deals compared to other European countries.

In total I already found the best sim card for tourists in more than 30 countries worldwide, including places like Mexico, Vietnam, etc. but the European market is something more intriguing. On paper we try to behave like one European Union, but in reality the differences are huge. In 2017 the EU took a big step towards unification as it forbid EU roaming costs.

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Sweden sim cards and traveling in Europe

Is Sweden your first trip on your trip to Europe then I have good news for you. All the prepaid Sweden sim cards come with FREE roaming in the EU. Therefore you can use your data package at no extra costs in every other country in Europe. I recommend people to always double check though when buying a sim card in Sweden.

Order a Sweden sim card online

All of this too much hassle then I recommend you to buy a sim card for Sweden online. All the international sim cards for Europe you can order directly on the Simoptions website are great for traveling in Sweden. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are already activated. Click on the link above or the banner below to see all the offers and more info.

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Mobile internet providers Sweden

Sweden is a pretty open market for buying a prepaid sim card. There are 4 mobile internet providers in Sweden:

  • Telenor
  • Tele2
  • Telia
  • 3 (Tre)

Tele2 Sweden is the only mobile internet provider that does NOT sell prepaid Sweden sim cards. All the others internet providers do!

Where to buy a Sweden prepaid sim card in 2021

Buying a prepaid sim card in Sweden is pretty straight forward as in every big city you can find a Telenor, Telia or 3 shop in the city center. Most of the times they are all clustered next to each other. See for example the photo below of the old town in Malmo.

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Best way to find sim card stores near you is to go to Google Maps and type in the by you preferred mobile internet provider or simply search for ‘sim card’. Your Sweden prepaid sim card will be activated in the shop and as soon as you walk out you will be able to use it.

Buy a Sweden sim card at the Stockholm Airport

Unfortunately I have not been to Stockholm in the last 2 years and I can’t give you the precise info on where to buy a sim card at Stockholm airport. Gothenburg Airport did have a mobile shop which was selling Lebara and Lyca Mobile sim cards, but buying a sim card at the airport is never really worth it as they overcharge travelers all the time.

If you are not in a rush then wait a little till you get to the city center. Looking for tips for a weekend in Gothenburg or a weekend trip to Stockholm? Click on the link to see what I did.

To buy a sim card in Sweden you don’t need your passport, there is initially no registration needed.

4G/5G Sweden network coverage in 2021

Apart from the prices and the availability of the Sweden sim cards, network coverage is just as essential, especially if you are going off the beaten path in Sweden. I went for example on a self guided canoe trip in Värmland in West Sweden near the Norwegian border. i found out that Telenor had the best network coverage in that area and therefore I bought a Telenor sim card on arrival in Sweden.

Is there 5G in Sweden?

Yes and no! For a country so developed I expected way more. There is 5G in Sweden, but it is only limited to the city centers of the big cities. Compared to other European countries the 5G network in Sweden as of February 2021 is very weak!

3 Sweden 4G/5G network map

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Telia Sweden 4G/5G network map

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Telenor Sweden 4G/5G network map

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In the above pictures we can see that most major tourist destinations in Sweden have great 4G coverage on all networks. But there is a lot of difference if you go off the beaten path in Sweden. Travelers going on a road trip I recommend them buying a Telia sim card for Sweden as they have the most extensive 4G network.

For more detailed maps of 4G/5G coverage in Sweden click on the link.

Sweden sim card prices in 2021

Telenor Sweden

They offer two different Telenor prepaid sim cards for Sweden:

  • 100 SEK ($12) = 1 GB data + unlimited calls/text in Sweden + international calls* - valid for 1 month.
  • 250 SEK ($30) = 10 GB data + unlimited calls/text in Sweden + international calls* - valid for 1 month.

* for more info see the picture below.

telenor sweden sim card prices 2021

All Telenor data packages are valid all over Europe. The above prices are up to date as per February 2021. For the latest Telenor Sweden prepaid sim card deals check the website in the link.

Telia Sweden

A Telia sim card costs the 59 SKR ($7) and comes with 1 GB data and unlimited calls/text in Sweden for 7 days.

If you stay in Sweden longer you can top up with a wide range of data packages, see the picture below. For example:

  • 249 SWK ($30) = 5 GB data + unlimited calls/text.

 telia sweden sim card prices 2021

The above Sweden sim card packages from Telia are valid for 1 month in all of Europe. These prices are up to date as per February 2021, for the latest Telia sim card deals check their website in the link.

3 (tre) Sweden

3 Sweden has the weakest network, so let's see if they then have the best offers for prepaid sim cards in Sweden. They offer the following data packages:

  • 199 SWK ($24) = 5 GB data + unlimited calls/text for 1 month valid in all of Europe.
  • 299 SWK ($36) = 15 GB data + unlimited calls/text for 1 month valid in all of Europe.
  • 399 SWK ($48) = 50 GB data + unlimited calls/text for 1 month valid in all of Europe.
  • 499 SWK ($60) = Unlimited GB data + unlimited calls/text for 1 month valid in all of Europe.

These are the up to date prices as per February 2021. For the latest 3 Sweden prepaid sim card deals go to their website in the link.

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Best Sweden prepaid sim card in 2021

Comparing all the prepaid sim cards for Sweden above I can come to the following conclusion:

Telenor is the best sim card in Sweden in 2021!

For $30 you get 10 GB data and unlimited calls/text and the Telenor 4G network in Sweden is strong.

May you stay only for 1 week and don't use so much data then go for a Telia prepaid sim card for 59 SWK ($7) only. IT gets you 1 GB data and unlimited calls/text for 7 days.

Buy a Sweden sim card online

Remember that you can also buy a sim card for Sweden and Europe online. The Simoptions website offers a bunch of Sweden sim cards for travelers. You can order directly on their website and sim cards will be shipped to your home address before your trip. Below you can find a selection of the best offers.

1. Orange Holiday ZEN - $29.90

  • 8 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

  • 10 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

3. Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

  • 12 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

4. Orange Holiday Europe - $49.90

  • 20 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

Personally I would recommend the last two linked options: Three or Orange. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are automatically activated from its first use. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info.

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Portable WiFi device for Sweden

Another way to tackle roaming costs in Sweden are portable wifi devices. I can recommend you TEP Wireless with unlimited data in over 100 countries. You can connect up to 5 devices at the same time for a couple dollars per day. Handy if your phone is locked or if you are traveling with kids. Click on the link above or the banner below for more info.

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I hope the above tips for buying a prepaid Sweden sim card were helpful for your upcoming Sweden holiday. In case you have any questions don't hesitate to leave me a comment below. Also for Sweden travel tips I am more than happy to help you out.

Enjoy your trip to Sweden!

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