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Warnings about Sweden in the new State Department bulletin

Most crimes involve theft of personal property in public areas, or burglary from cars or residences. However, travellers, especially those who appear affluent, can become targets of pickpockets and bag-snatchers. Hotel breakfast rooms and lobbies, in particular, attract professional, well-dressed thieves who blend in with guests.

The maximum speed limit in Sweden is 110km per hour (65mph). Laws, especially those concerning speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol, are strictly enforced, and fines can be severe.

Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Sweden are high, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.

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