There are plenty of pay phones in Sweden. Long-distance calls can be made from special telegraph offices called Telebutik, marked "Tele". Swedish phone numbers vary in their number of digits. When dialing a Sweden number from abroad, drop the initial "0" from the local area code. The country code for Sweden is 46.
For directory assistance when calling from Sweden, call 118118, or 118119 for international calls. For operator assistance, 90200 is for in-country information and 0018 for international. To make an international call, dial 00, followed by the country code and then your number.
A local call costs a minimum of SKr 2. For calls outside the locality, dial the area code (see telephone directory). Public phones take only credit cards or prepaid Telefonkort (telephone card). A Telefonkort, available at Telebutik, Pressbyrån (large blue-and-yellow newsstands), Statoil gas stations or ICA supermarkets, costs SKr 40, SKr 60, SKr 100, or SKr 200. If you're making numerous domestic calls, the card saves money.
Most North American cellular phones less than five years old will work in Sweden. Check with your nearest phone dealer to find out. You'll also need to look into international roaming, a service provided (and charged) by your local network provider. If the cost seems worth it, set this service up before travelling. If this isn't possible, you can buy a prepaid sim card in Sweden at all major cellular phone retailers as well as ICA supermarkets, major gas stations, and Pressbyrån newsstands. Check before buying whether or not these work with your model of phone.
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