Climate and clothing
Despite a very northern latitude, the climate in Sweden is rather mild. Average conditions can, however, vary significantly between northern and southern Sweden.
Students staying in Stockholm for one full year will enjoy the experience of four separate seasonal climates. Spring in Stockholm typically begins in April and ends in May, with average daytime temperatures of 5-14° C. Summer spans from June to August, with average temperatures of 20-25° C. Autumn begins in September, ends in November and has average temperatures of 5-18° C. Average temperatures in the winter months, December through March, range from -7° to 2° C. Keep in mind that these temperatures are average daytime temperatures, however, and that temperatures in the summer can approach 30° C and winter chills can occasionally reach -20° C.
Summer days in Sweden also boast up to 19 hours of sunlight at its peak, while the wintertime daylight dwindles to as little as 5 hours per day in the later part of December.
The Swedish seasons offer plenty of variation to enjoy, but it is important to be prepared with appropriate clothing. Be aware of, however, that Swedish homes and public spaces are generally well insulated and heated, so you will not need to wear heavy clothing indoors.
A warm, wind resistant jacket and warm, sturdy boots are essential in winter. You will also need a medium or heavy-weight hat, gloves and scarf. A warm pair of long underwear is not a necessity, but could be helpful (especially if you come from a very warm climate).
A pair of water-resistant shoes may also be appreciated on wet spring and autumn days. As the price of clothing in Sweden is rather high, it is strongly recommended that students bring these items from their home country, if possible. Don't forget to pack swimwear for the summertime, so you can fully enjoy the beautiful Stockholm archipelago.