Uppsala is one of Sweden's oldest cities founded in the Middle Ages. Precisely how old is unclear, but the city was big enough to make it a reasonable choice as the site for the archdiocese of Sweden in the 13th century. Uppsala offers some interesting spots to visit like Gamla (Old) Uppsala with burial mounds from the 6th century and the former Cathedral built in the 12th century. Sweden's first university was founded here in the 15th century and is still one of the most prestigious in the country.
Commonly called the Reggae Mecca of Scandinavia, the Uppsala Reggae Festival is a thriving music event that has been held annually since 2001. What began as a one day event has grown in popularity and expanded to three days in August. The city of Uppsala is only 55 miles from the heart of Stockholm, so visitors to the capital can easily reach the festival.
Temperate, can become really cold in the winter (below -25 °C) and really hot in the summer (over 35 °C). though these are extremes, not recorded every year. Uppsala on average though has moderately warm summers, between 19 °C and 22 °C from June to September. Nights are around 13 °C or 14 °C. Winters last from December to March with temperatures around zero during the day, -6 °C degrees at night. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, but with some more rain in summer and quite some snow in winter.
There are numerous ways of getting to Uppsala.
To Arlanda airport, then a short bus or train ride.
From Stockholm there are regular trains.
The E4 connects Uppsala with other cities in Sweden.
|Hotel Uppsala||Kungsgatan 27||Hotel||78|
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|Uppsala Vandrarhem/ Kvarntorget STF/IYHF||Kvarntorgsgatan 3||Hostel||78|
|Uppsala City Hostel||S:t Persgatan 16||Hostel||80|
|Vandrarhem Uppsala - Kungsängstorg||Kungsängstorg 6||Hostel||80|
|Stay by George||Tegnergatan 31 D||APARTMENT||-|
|Centralstation Vandrarhem Uppsala||Bangardsgatan 13||Hostel||81|
|City Stay Uppsala||Trädgårdsgatan 5 Kvarntorget 3||HOSTEL||83|
Internet is widely stretched out in a very modern way and you can find 3G network (and soon 4G as well) almost everywhere, though in the higher northern parts and in the mountains it is of course harder or impossible.
The number of WiFi access points are growing and fast food chains, libraries, hotels, cafés and malls and others may offer free wireless internet access. Fixed terminals where you can pay for internet access exist as well, although many libraries can provide the same service for free. Some buses for longer distances have free wifi and most of the trains do have it as well but at cost sometimes.
Almost every household does have internet and it is fast and modern. You barely see any internet cafés because of the influence by high-tech phones with internet access and the cheaper and more comfortable internet at home, but there are some places like Pressbyrån that offers computers with internet access (not free).
See also: International Telephone Calls
The general emergency number is 112. Sweden's international calling code number is +46. Payphones are available (however extremely rare), with older models only accepting cards (special smartchip phone cards as well as credit cards), and newer models that accept coins. Collect calls are possible by dialing 2# on a pay phone.
Sweden has excellent wireless GSM and 3G/UMTS coverage, even in rural areas except in the central and northern interior parts of the country. The major networks are Telia, Tele2/Comviq, Telenor and 3 (Tre). Swedish GSM operates on the European 900/1800 MHz frequencies. You can choose to buy a local SIM card or bring your own cellphone. Be careful for roaming costs though and try to use wifi only.
Prepaid USB 3G modems can be bought in many shops. They are a good alternative to WiFi in Sweden. They cost around 100 SEK/week and 300 SEK/month to use. Data limits are high (typically 20 GB/month). The prepaid 3G data package of the provider 3 bought in Sweden can be used in Denmark without incurring any roaming charge. It is, however, not possible to buy refill vouchers for this products in Danish stores.
Posten AB is the Swedish postal service, with fast and reliable services. They have a wide range of services including a track and trace system and different options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. There are both express and economy services and if you are not in a hurry the latter option is fine enough.
The postal service was abandoned at the public post offices in 2001. The public today deals with its postal business at Postal Service Points. Mail and parcels can now be picked up at a number of places, including gas stations, supermarkets and kiosks. Look for the blue and yellow sign above or by the entrance of outlets providing this service. You can also buy stamps and there are quite a few more services in these places, many of which stay open late in the evening and on weekends. Yellow post boxes are for national and international letters and blue for regional letters. Postal Service Centres are maintained for business clients and Svensk Kassaservice, a chain which deals with simple financial transactions but offers no postal services. There are also traditional post offices offering the full range of services. They are usually open between 9:30am and 6:00pm and may have extended opening hours once or twice a week.
One of their competitors is Bring Citymail AB, formerly privatised but now nationalised by Norway. Otherwise, for sending parcels internationally, try and use international companies lik TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx.
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