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The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music
Ninth Biennial Conference: Global Intersections in the Music of the 18th Century
March 19–21, 2020, Stockholm, Sweden
In collaboration with the
Royal Swedish Academy of Music

Intro | Call for Papers | Program | Travel | Hotels | Attractions | Food | Venues | Registration | Practical Matters | Excursion

Practical Matters

Currency

Sweden is not yet part of the Eurozone, though prices are often quoted in Euros. The Swedish currency is the Krona (plural kronor) designated as SEK. At the present time (October 2019) the rate is approximately US$ 1 = SEK 9.8. Be aware, currency equivalents fluctuate, and while this website will be updated if possible to keep apace of the exchange rates, you would be advised to go on line (https://thecurrencycalculator.com/USD/SEK/1) to get an update.

There are ATM machines all over Stockholm that will dispense funds, but be aware that Sweden is one of those countries where much of the purchasing is done by credit/debit card and there is a conscious effort to move to a cashless society. For the best rate, it is always good to choose SEK rather than US$ if offered. It is easy and convenient to obtain SEK at the airport from the local ATM.

Dangers and Annoyances

Stockholm (and all of Sweden for that matter) is considered a safe city, where crime is quite low, far lower than almost all North American or many European cities. For an assessment, see the following:

https://safearound.com/europe/sweden/stockholm/

As with any large city, ostentatious display is to be avoided, and the usual precautions against occasional theft ought to be taken. Stockholm is a wonderful city to walk around, with lots of charm and great places for all sorts of activities.

Immigration and Customs

As Sweden is part of the Schengen zone, participants from the United States and Canada (and elsewhere in North America) will need only their passport. Please be sure that it is valid six months beyond your date of arrival to avoid any issues. If you do not have one, please obtain one well before travel.

Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports

United States: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html

You can expect to clear immigration at your first airport of entry into the Schengen zone; for those traveling via Iceland, this will be Keflavik Airport. Note: If flying British Airways, you will not clear immigration in the United Kingdom, but rather at the country to which you connect in the Schengen zone, unless, of course, you are staying there beyond transferring between planes.

On your return, please be aware of both security and immigration on arrival back in North America, including customs requirements. If you opt to purchase duty free alcohol, you will need to check it into your baggage if you have an onward flight connection after clearing customs.

Maps

The conference will be held in the downtown area, namely on the Riddarholm island in between Gamla Stan (the old town) and the main section, as well as on the small peninsula called Blasieholm, where the Royal Academy and National Museum are located. For downloads of maps please have a look at the following:

https://travel.sygic.com/en/map/stockholm-printable-tourist-map-city:6

http://ontheworldmap.com/sweden/city/stockholm/stockholm-tourist-attractions-map.html

https://www.viamichelin.com/web/Maps/Map-Stockholm-_-Stockholms_lan-Sweden

The last one has a zoom-in function. It is recommended that upon arrival one download the GPS maps on your smartphone; this will help in finding directions, how long it might take, and easiest routes to our venues.

Public Transport

The best form of getting around Stockholm is the subway (Tunnelbana), which goes to all parts of the city and suburbs frequently and easily. It is clean, accessible, and efficient, perhaps the most efficient way of getting through the city. See https://sl.se/sv/info/om-sl/tunnelbana

Stockholm Tunnelbana

Weather

During March the weather can be variable, given that Stockholm lies in the northern latitudes. It can be quite cool, with low temperatures around the freezing mark, and the highs in the 40s (Fahrenheit). Rain and perhaps a bit of snow are possible, but the average is around 17% chance, as mostly things are dry. Sunrise (on 3/19) is about 6 AM with sunset about 6 PM. Two websites will give an example of the weather, climate, and daylight.

https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/sweden/stockholm/climate

https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/sweden/stockholm?month=3

WiFi and other Electronic/Electric Issues for North Americans

Sweden, like much of Europe, is extensively connected electronically, meaning that Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere. All one needs is a signal and in many cases the Wi-Fi is free; otherwise in public places such as restaurants and hotels, a local password is usually available.

Also, like the remainder of continental Europe, Sweden is a 220 volt DC system. In most cases you do not need a voltage adapter, but rather only a two-prong adapter plug. Both phone chargers and laptops generally accept a dual voltage and require no special changes.

Finally, some phone companies (such as T-Mobile) already have plans or ways in which a cell phone can work in Stockholm. If not, you can purchase a cheap simcard at the airport or elsewhere in town. Note: GPS functions do not generally depend upon the simcard to work.

For Mac users, please bring along an adapter for plug in to projectors, as these will probably not be available.



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