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Most-Visited Countries by Swedes

Name the countries that are visited by the greatest number of Sweden residents who are on holiday.
Holiday travel only, not business travel
For 2013, according to vagabond.se
Quiz by skukka
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First submittedMarch 28, 2017
Last updatedApril 14, 2017
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# Trips
Country
2,040,000
Spain
1,180,000
Denmark
1,140,000
Finland
916,000
Norway
831,000
United Kingdom
792,000
Germany
# Trips
Country
728,000
Turkey
626,000
Greece
596,000
Italy
578,000
France
534,000
United States
344,000
Thailand
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level 73
Apr 14, 2017
I wonder even how they collect the figures for Denmark. Maybe there are border controls back on now, but I remember jumping on a train in Copenhagen when I was visiting a relative there and being in Malmo half an hour later. I guess the Swedes will have no record of me being in Sweden other than a couple of credit card transactions.
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level 66
Apr 15, 2017
Might be measured by number of hotel/holiday-home rentals. I remember when working in a hotel we had to put in Business/leasure with every guest and send it to the Danish Statistics..
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level 73
Apr 18, 2017
In tourism figures it's nearly always overnight stays that count, daytrippers or people passing through don't.

Also they don't record personal data, so it's actually number of arrivals, not tourists – i.e. each time you come to stay, it's counted separately: 1 visit for 5 days = one tourist, 5 visits for 1 day each = 5 tourists.
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level 15
May 20, 2017
They don't check you papers on the way to denmark, but they do on the way back
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level 40
Jul 5, 2017
Exactly. Because of the high amount of immigrants entering Sweden.
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level 42
Jul 19, 2017
I travalled to Denmark by train last year and they check everyone's papers.
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level 60
Jul 19, 2017
This is rather recent, due to the high amount of Syrian refugees that started entering the country last year
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level 42
Jul 8, 2017
Surprised to see Thailand on list. Also, why is Spain so high?!
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level 63
Jul 8, 2017
Swedes are drawn to the sun because they have so little of it at home?
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level 59
Jul 19, 2017
But it's soooo hot there! Seriously, am I the only person that enjoys the climate of Northern Europe?
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level 63
Jul 19, 2017
@Sulps, you are the only one ;)
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level 56
Jul 19, 2017
I'm the same Sulps. That's one reason I like Scandinavia.
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level 54
Jun 14, 2019
In addition scandinavians have very many cabins/ holiday residents in spain. Therefore very many travel there. Sulps i love the climate here in norway. It just rains a bit too much on the west coast of norway. Like a lot. Now its not so cold as it used to. Winter 18/19 it was just snow in the lowlands at home in 3 weeks!!! Summer of 2018 it were measured astonoshing 38,4 degrees celsius.
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level 62
Jul 19, 2017
I only got Thailand because of the 2004 tsunami
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level 67
Jul 19, 2017
Thailand is crazy popular among Nordic people. I'm Finnish myself and of all the Finnish and Swedish people I know, I'm sure at least 25-30% of those have been to Thailand. Spain is pretty high because there are loads of charter and group holidays arranged to i.e. Canary Islands from Sweden. I'd say majority of those who travel to Spain either go to Barcelona or La Palma, Majorca or Tenerife (or some other major island). It's often the cheapest choice if you're looking to sunbathe and swim :P
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level 77
Jul 19, 2017
Thailand is popular among all people.
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level 56
Jul 19, 2017
Spain is a very popular tourist destination for a lot of Europeans, especially from northern Europe (UK, Benelux, Germany, Scandinavia).
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level 68
Apr 13, 2019
I guessed Thailand purely because I went diving there and met a large group of Swedes doing the same. Didn't know if it was a thing, or just one of those random things when travelling. Turns out it's a thing :)
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level 21
Jul 31, 2017
I see Thailand on the list, and I'm proud of it as a Thai...I guess xD. I'm surprised to see that though. Lol
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level 45
Jul 25, 2018
Was surprised to see Thailand and not Switzerland or Austria. And I missed France......
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level 63
Jul 25, 2018
Well, they have mountains in Sweden, but very limited sun. ..
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level 45
May 13, 2019
Haha! True. Managed to get them all this time round.
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level 22
Oct 31, 2018
edward is ...
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level 71
Jan 12, 2019
Have relatives in Sweden, know where they say their travel agents advertise you "must" go + add neighbors = 100%