On my Northern Europe road trip I lately crossed the bridge from Denmark into Sweden and toured around a little in the land of Ikea. As part of visiting all the European countries Im trying to find out about the best European sim card for tourists in 2020 (click on the link for my final report). Therefore I researched all the prepaid sim cards for Sweden and found out which mobile operator offers the best one. Updated January 2020.

Surprisingly Sweden sim cards are pretty good deals when you are looking for the best international sim card for Europe! :)

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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4 Best Portugal sim cards to buy online in 2020

Save the hassle of buying a Portugal sim card on arrival, let it be shipped to your home address before your trip to Portugal. The following Europe sim cards are also valid all across Portugal.

1. Orange Smart Comfort S - 8 GB data

Price: $30

  • 8 GB data
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Orange Smart Comfort X - 20 GB data

Price: $50

  • 20 GB data
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

3. Three Smart Silver - 5 GB data

Price: $30

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

4. Three Smart Gold - 12 GB data

Price: $40

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

For more amazing sim only Europe sim card deals, click on the link and read my complete guide about it.

But there is still a long way to go on the EU sim card market. Take for example its neighbour Denmark. None of the mobile internet providers even sell prepaid Denmark sim cards at all. Sim cards in Poland are sold for extremely cheap, but are exempted from the EU free roaming law, etc. Read more about the best sim card in Germany, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, etc. in these links.

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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!

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

Where to buy a Sweden prepaid sim card in 2020

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. Best way to find Sweden sim card shops is to go to Google Maps and type in the by your preferred mobile internet provider or simply search for ‘sim card’.

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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 apart from Brussels Airport. 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.

Buy a sim card for traveling in Europe online

If you are going on a trip through Europe then may be you want to check into this sim card. The Orange sim card including 20GB data is valid in 35 EU countries and can be ordered online and shipped to your home address. Click on the link to see if you are eligible for free shipping as well.

Portable WiFi device

Want to connect more than one device to the internet at the same time then a TEP Wireless portable WiFi device could come in handy. They allow you to connect up to 5 devices at the same time and offer unlimited data per day. Also great if you are traveling with kids. See for more details in the link.

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Mobile internet network coverage Sweden in 2020

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 and found out that Telenor had the best network coverage in that area and therefore I purchased a Telenor sim card.

Mobile network coverage 3 Sweden

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Mobile network coverage Telia Sweden

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Mobile network coverage Telenor Sweden

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In the above pictures we can see that all the tourist destinations in Sweden have great 4G coverage on all networks. If you go off the beaten path there is a difference and it kind of depends where in Sweden you are traveling.

Sweden sim card prices in 2020

Telenor Sweden prepaid sim card

At Telenor they only have 1 prepaid Sweden sim card for sale.

Telenor - 149 SKR ($15)

  • 5 GB data in Sweden and EU
  • Unlimited Calling in Sweden and EU
  • Unlimited texting in Sweden and EU
  • Valid for 1 month
  • Hotspot possible

Great thing about a Telenor Sweden prepaid sim card is that all the bundles are valid in all the EU countries. When traveling onwards from Sweden you can still use your Sweden sim card.

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The price for a Telenor prepaid sim card printed on the above package is NOT right. IT says 199 Kr, but it only is 149 Kr.

There are top-up packages available as well:

  • 10GB = 199 SKR
  • 20GB = 249 SKR
  • 100GB = 449 SKR

Telia Sweden prepaid sim card

Telia offers much more prepaid sim cards packages, but to use their sim cards outside of Sweden you will need to register your sim card with a Swedish Tax Number. In case you have a friend living in Sweden he or she could do it for you, though not convenient for tourists at all!

Good thing is Telia Sweden offers prepaid sim cards that are valid for 6 months. Also their calling bundles are not per minute/hour but per call.

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Tourist traveling in Europe I would not recommend a Telia Sweden sim card, just because registering the sim card for using it outside of Sweden is a pain! In case you would be able to register your Telia Sweden sim card, the data bundles in the EU are capped up to max 20GB per month!

3 (tre) Sweden prepaid sim card

Unfortunately the prepaid sim cards from 3 Sweden are only for use in Sweden and there is no way to get around that. Therefore I would not recommend 3 Sweden for tourists traveling through Europe but neither when you are just traveling in Sweden.

They actually offer a lot of different prepaid sim card packages. In the below picture you can see an overview of what packages they offer.

3 sweden sim card

For 3GB data including unlimited texting and calling in Sweden you pay 199 Krones ($20). 3 Sweden is cheaper than Telia, but more expensive than Telenor.

Best Sweden prepaid sim card in 2020

Telenor is the best prepaid sim card in Sweden because it is the only providers that offers free roaming in the EU, does not require a registration, it has the best network and best prices. For €15 you get 5 GB data plus unlimited calls and sms.

Remember that you can also buy a European sim card online through this link and get it shipped home. Orange offers 20GB data valid in 35 countries including international calls. Click on the link to see if you can get free shipping to your home address as well.

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Another way to tackle roaming costs are portable wifi devices. I can recommend you TEP Wireless with unlimited data in over 100 countries and you can connect multiple devices.

portable wifi device for traveling

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 send me a message on my Instagram account @traveltomtom. More than happy to help you out! Enjoy the pictures and wanderlust vibes on my Instagram as Im trying to travel to every country in the world as of 2020.

Find here my best travel adventures from around the world or when interested in how to earn money from a travel blog or how I became a professional travel blogger then click on the links to read my story.

Enjoy your trip to Sweden!

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