GENERAL INFORMATION

Meeting Venue

The SSI 2017 meeting venue Clarion Hotel Sign, is located in central Stockholm with transport, shopping and restaurants just around the corner. You'll be just a few minutes from Stockholm Central Station, metro, trains, buses and the Arlanda Express.

Address: Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm. The hotel has payable parking.

Current locations during the conference

(Meeting venue, Central station, hotels and City Hall)

Stockholm

Modernity meets tranquility. Trend-setting restaurants and vibrant nightclubs close to an idyllic archipelago. Welcome to a city where it is easy to breathe – and to feel your pulse.
Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden, built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. With few high-rise buildings, Stockholm has a unique landscape. It’s mostly church spires that pierce the otherwise almost unobstructed skyline. Over 30 percent of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30 percent is parks and green spaces.

Language
The official language in Stockholm is Swedish. However, many people in Sweden speak English. 

Currency, credit card and exchanging money
Sweden is one of three EU countries (along with Denmark and the UK) that opted to keep their currency and not use the Euro. The currency in Sweden is called the Swedish crown, or the krona (SEK). Credit and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Stockholm. Forex is the place to exchange money or buy SEK. They are found throughout the city at 17 locations, including Arlanda Airport, the railway station, NK department store and the Old Town. They have good exchange rates there and do money transfers as well.
 
Electricity
Electrical sockets (outlets) in Sweden are one of the two European standard electrical socket types, and usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC.

Public transportation

Stockholm Public Transport, SL, is responsible for buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm.

The underground is the easiest way to get around town. The city is divided into three zones, and zone tickets are good for several trips within 75 to 120 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at SL Centers, underground platform barriers, newsagent kiosks, via SMS or via the SL app. It's not possible to pay cash for tickets on board buses in Stockholm.

Prepaid cards are the best alternative for those making few trips. It's also possible to buy 24, 72 hour or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during the validity period.

Stockholmers are always heedful of their beautiful surroundings, and this has led to many inner city buses running on eco-friendly fuels such as ethanol. The Stockholm underground is also known as the worlds longest art gallery as so many of its stations are adorned with the works of different artists.

Taxi

There are many taxi companies to choose from in Stockholm. Approved taxis with metered fares always bear yellow number plates. Credit cards are readily accepted.

Taxi prices are not regulated in Sweden; they may vary greatly. It is the customer’s responsibility to check prices beforehand. Check the price on the yellow-and-white label (as per the picture below), which is usually on the rear door window, before entering the vehicle.

The price indicated on the taximeter is in Swedish kronor. For trips to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport the major taxi companies have fixed prices of between SEK 550-600. Always ask the driver beforehand.

Recommended taxi companies:
Taxi Stockholm
Taxi Kurir
Taxi 020