dual nationality – Leaving Sweden with a different passport?

Phoog’s answer is correct for normal times. However, in August 2020 Europe might still have some kinds of Covid-19 type restrictions. As of May, if that is the case and which restrictions will be in place in August is anyone’s guess.

In normal times, you would only have to establish your identity with the airline at some point during check in or boarding for which the Argentinian passport should be enough – as would a Spanish national ID card (it is not the airline’s duty to check whether you are legally in the country based on stamps and visas afaik). An expired Spanish passport might also work. You would not encounter any immigration officers along the way and airport security would only need your boarding pass.

In Covid-19 times, any of the three countries you would be touching (Sweden, Denmark and Spain) may have installed temporary border controls conducted by police or immigration officers. If you do, your Argentinian passport will likely raise the wrong kind of questions such as ‘Where is the entry stamp?’, ‘How long have you been in Sweden?’ and ‘Where is your visa?’ You will want to avoid that at all costs. This only leaves the Spanish passport or a Spanish ID card.

As crossing an internal Schengen border still requires carrying a valid ID document (even if it doesn’t have to be shown), an expired Spanish passport might raise questions as it does not unambiguously show Spanish citizenship. However, officers might still exercise goodwill, especially if the passport is recently expired and since you are using it to travel back to Spain (that does not work for the return leg, though).

I personally would not feel safe using any of these almost options. There are still over two months until August which should be sufficient to renew your Spanish passport. In the absence of a Spanish ID card (and if it is not possible to acquire one in time), renewing the passport would be my method of choice.

Has the Sweden model been the best response to the coronavirus?

Sweden has universal healthcare and a strong welfare state that allows them to isolate vulnerable individuals while everyone else carries on with some degree of normalcy.

These are the very policies that American conservatives have a habit of likening to communism and fascism.

The Sweden model with no safety net, forcing people to risk their health by going to work or be homeless, is downright sociopathic.  And if course that’s what America has decided to adopt.

Why could Sweden stay open and have no major virus problems?

"However, panic is exactly what many in the Swedish scientific and medical community are beginning to feel. A petition signed by more than 2,000 doctors, scientists and professors last week – including the chair of the Nobel Foundation, Prof. Carl-Henrik Heldin – urged the government to introduce stricter containment measures. "

We don't test enough, we don't follow, we don't isolate enough – we let go of the virus, ”said Prof. Cecilia Söderberg-Nauclér, a viral immunology researcher at the Karolinska Institute. "They are leading us to disaster."

Sweden – mosquito season in Swedish Lapland

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I hiked a lot in Swedish Lapland and lived there for almost six years. The mosquitos can indeed be very bad in summer, especially in the forest.

Mosquitoes wake up between mid and late June and are worst at the beginning. For a very early seasonal hike, you may not have any at all just before you wake up, or you may get the worst mosquito experience you can imagine¹. Hiking Kungsleden before midsummer is not realistic in a normal year as there will be too much snow. Some sections require seasonal bridges or seasonal boats. Hikers are stuck because they hiked out of season without knowing that the boats are out of place, and because they don't have enough food to walk all the way back or around. Don't be that person. Don't try to hike kungsleden before the mosquitoes come. it is usually not feasible.

July is bad. July in the forest can be very bad. Much of the forest is marshland. Avoid being somewhere below the tree line in Swedish Lapland in July unless you are a natural predator of mosquitoes. It is better above the tree line as there is usually some wind to blow the mosquitoes away.

August is less bad than July. From around mid-August, the mosquito density in the forest will be tolerable. August is pretty good for a hike, though I would still bring insect repellent.

The end of August to mid-September is the best season for hiking for several reasons. The landscape is spectacularly colorful. There are no more mosquitoes – the night frost kills them. At night there are probably Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). The nights are dark and you can sleep. There are fewer crowds. Crowds? Yes, Kungsleden is crowded in summer. If you want to avoid crowds, consider North Kalottruta (regardless of the season) instead. If you hike Nordkalottruta or Grensesømmen in September, you will meet few other hikers (maybe none at all), but even Kungsleden is fine until then, especially in the quieter sections you may only meet several groups per day.

The trees lose their leaves towards mid-September. The landscape begins to lose its spectacular colors. Snow is common and, unlike August or early September, snow may not melt within hours. From the beginning to the middle of October, the snowfall only melts after June. On the plus side, if you hike in late September, you have the mountain all by yourself on Kungsleden (but the same problem as before midsummer, as seasonal bridges and boats may have been removed; I don't think they were removed exactly. The dates will Announced publicly, but for boats, certainly before the lakes begin to freeze around mid-October. The only way to be 100% sure that the boats are there is to have the huts open, dates can be found on the STF Website.

One of the most spectacular hikes I've ever done was four days in October on the Northern Kalottruta between Vuodnabahta and Sørskjomen, but I was living in Kiruna back then to know the conditions. We were the last visitors there for the next 5 to 6 months.

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¹Not Kungsleden, but if you feel masochistic, spend midsummer or early to mid-July in the valley of the upper Könkämä River – you will remember forever a Lapland mosquito experience that is "not as bad as". As I cycled down the street (almost without breaks as there was only a slightly windy place for 100 km), I saw people fishing with mosquito nets from head to toe, and despite the midnight sun, it was pretty much mine (luckily mosquito) dark-safe tent in the morning as it was completely covered with mosquitos.

Sweden – Poste Restante (from France) sending a package to Norway

You can send a package to Abisko as long as you notify it in good time. You have to pick it up at the Godisfabriken supermarket in Abisko Östra, just east of the tourist center. From the STF Abisko side:

Yes, you can skicka både brev och paket hit mot en mindre avgift men du måste, i god tid innan, contact contacts. Brev kan hämtas ut i receptionen medans paket hämtas på Godisfabriken Supermarket i Abisko Östra.

Which does ______________ mean:

Yes, you can send both letters and parcels here for a small fee. However, you must contact the reception in good time. Letters can be picked up at reception, while parcels are picked up at the Godisfabriken supermarket in Abisko Östra.

Note that there is also a lot of processed outdoor food in Abisko (much cheaper than Norway) as it is an important hiking center where many people start kungsleden walks. If you do your hike before mid-September, expect it to be very busy (~ 200 people a day).

Some unsolicited advice:

  • Lofoten is usually not suitable for trekking, but only for day hikes, unless you are satisfied with long sections of the road. The paths mostly connect the road with mountain peaks. Nowhere in the west of Hinnøya can you really walk along the chain. You will get the most out of Lofoten if you stay in one place and rent a car to go on shorter or longer hikes. It's nice, but also busy, if you don't like crowds, consider Senja an alternative.
  • If you have experience and value loneliness, consider alternative routes in the area. I'm not sure how much time you have, but if you bring a tent with you, it is a lonely alternative to drive south from Gratangseidet via Gussajávrrit to Katterjåkk-Sjangeli-Unna Allakas and from there north to Nordkalottruta. You can also start further west than Gratangseidet, but I found the way from Tjeldsundbrua to Gratangseidet impossible to find and only spectacular locally. I hiked a lot in the area and found the area between Skjomen and Hellemobotn to be one of the most spectacular and lonely. From Gratang silk to Hellemobotn it can be too far.

Photo with context
Between Baugevatnet and Sijdasjávrre, near Narvik, Norway, ~ 68.1 ° N, October 1st, 2012. Probably less than 50 hikers pass here every year, we didn't see anyone in the 4 days from Hellemobotn to Skjomen.

Travel to work in other EU countries when my work permit visa is being processed in Sweden in the current scenario

I applied for a work permit visa in Sweden. I finished my MS in Sweden. My employer is registered in Sweden. I have to travel to Germany to request a job, but my current visa has expired and the visa for a work permit is being processed. Can i travel now?

Sweden – mosquito season in Swedish Lapland

This summer I want to hike along the Kungsleden, a path in Swedish Lapland.

The path leads through damp forests and swamps and I have read that mosquitoes and other insects are a nightmare here due to their countless numbers.

So my question is: when is the best time to avoid them? Or at least avoid the worst times.

I can choose from June to September every month, but due to weather conditions, it's probably better to avoid June (still snow on the way) and September (the temperature is starting to drop), but I can still consider them though this is the only option.

Money – is it possible to travel to Sweden WITHOUT a credit or debit card?

I heard that in Sweden (Stockholm, Gothenburg) you can only pay for public transport with a credit / debit card or a crappy app.

Is it possible as an electronic payment hater to travel the country (by public transport) as a tourist (including Stockholm, Gothenburg)? WITHOUT a credit and debit card (and also no app)?

I mean, the Swedish krona is a state-approved form of payment. So when I come with cash, you are theoretically legally obliged to accept it and can't really refuse to sell me a ticket, can you?