tipping in Sweden

Traditionally, the etiquette in Sweden has been to not tip. However, tipping is being introduced by outside influence in certain areas. It is also important to note that while Sweden is part of the European Union, they do not use the Euro.  Instead, Sweden uses their local currency, the krona.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Sweden

in Sweden Don't Tip at Hotels

In Sweden, there is no obligation to leave a tip at a Hotel. The service charges for hotel staff are already included in the total bill.  However you can leave a tip if you want. For porters, bell boys or housekeeping 5-10kr is a sufficient tip. But remember tipping in Sweden will not be expected, so do so at your own discretion.

tipping in restaurants in Sweden

in Sweden Tip 5-10% at Resteraunts

Most of the time, the gratuity is often included as part of a service charge at restaurants in Sweden.  If there is no service charge, 5-10% is the general rule for restaurant service.  It is always important not to overdo it.  The best option is to tip by rounding up the amount of the bill.  For example, if your bill for dinner is 131.60, it is appropriate to give the waiter/waitress 140, in the local Swedish currency.

If you are at a bar in Sweden, leaving the change or a small tip is fine.  It may even help you receive quicker service.

tip etiquette at spas in Sweden

in Sweden Don't Tip at Spas

Just like at hotels, you do not have to tip at spas in Sweden.  You may wish to tip extra if you received exceptional service.  If so, a sufficient tip would be between 5-10% of the total bill but it certainly wont be expected of you.

should you tip your tour guide?

For Tour Guides Don't Tip in Sweden

In Sweden, it is not necessary to tip tour guides.  Gratuity is already included in your total bill.  If you are satisfied with the guide, a small tip to show your appreciation is fine.

tipping practices for hotels in Sweden

in Sweden Don't Tip at Hairdressers

It is also unnecessary to tip hairdressers in Sweden because gratuity is already included in the total bill.  Small tips are greatly appreciated for exceptional service.

should you tip your taxi driver?

in Sweden Round Up for Taxi Drivers

When tipping taxi drivers in Sweden, you can round up the total bill and add a few extra coins for exceptional service. This is especially true if the driver has been helpful and recommended things to see or good restaurants or bars.  Asking the locals where to go is always a great option and a way to achieve an authentic travel experience.