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"Dressing for the cold" Sweden Warnings Or Dangers Tip by lukky

Sweden Warnings and Dangers: 50 reviews and 30 photos

Visitors to Sweden in the summer need not worry, it's actually quite warm here... :-) But if you are going to study or work here for a longer period of time, it's likely that you will be here in winter. I have tried to write down a few pointers for what to wear during those chilly days...outdoors, that is - indoors it tends to be warm, as almost everyone has central heating in their houses.

These tips are mainly for the north of Sweden, with the "dry" cold. Some of them might not apply to more humid/rainy places, without snow.

Keep your head covered! A lot of your body heat is lost through your head, especially your ears. So wear a hat or at least ear muffs or something. Along the same lines, try to keep your feet and hands warm. As long as your head, neck, feet and hands are warm, you are unlikely to freeze anywhere else.

Dress in layers. Several layers of thin shirts insulate better than one thick sweater. Longjohns (that's long underwear for those of you unfamiliar with the word...) are a good thing, or you can buy "täckbyxor" (or termobyxor, as southern Swedes call them) to put over your regular trousers.

In general, natural fibers are best for keeping the cold out, when it comes to regular clothes. Wool is way better than polyester for example (but way itchier...). However, for jackets and the like, Gore-Tex and similar materials can also be good, as they are windproof and waterproof in a way that natural materials aren't. Also, the warmest mittens I have ever had were wool on the outside, Thinsulate on the inside...they didn't let the cold air through like many other mittens do. (Alas, I accidently left the mittens in a subway station in Stockholm one day, and the shop doesn't sell them anymore...)

Last but not least, don't be afraid of the cold - but do have respect for it (don't do any stupid things like walking around in a t-shirt in December)!

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  • Updated Jul 15, 2005
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