Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Sweden?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Sweden. In Sweden, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Sweden und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Sweden
COutlets of type CFOutlets of type FOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Sweden

Flag: About Sweden

Sweden is a country in Europe (Northern Europe) with about 9.8 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 450 000 km². The capital of Sweden is Stockholm (1.3 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Swedish, Northern Sami, Samoan and Finnish.

The neighbors of Sweden are Finland and Norway.

TLD: .seCurrency: SEKCountry calling code: +46Country Code : SE
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Sweden?

Sweden uses power outlets of type C and F. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Sweden.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Sweden?

The voltage in Sweden is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Sweden, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Sweden?

The utility frequency in Sweden is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Sweden, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Sweden, you should not use the device!