Winter storms and low temperatures

Winter storms and low temperatures may occur in Sweden. Heating failures may occur as a consequence of power cuts, when the district heating system ceases to function or if fuel (like oil, natural gas or pellets) cannot be delivered.
Winter storms and snow can be the cause of power cuts. Photo: Johan Eklund/MSB.

As temperatures can get very low in Sweden, heating failures can cause severe problems. Those who rely on only one heat source are more vulnerable than those who use multiple sources.
An emergency kit with, for example, blankets, batteries and candles may be useful. The more people staying in one sealed-off room, the more heat will be generated. 
Beware of the risk of starting a fire and remember to air out the room regularly as fire consumes oxygen, which may lead to suffocation or carbon monoxide poisoning.

If there is a long, severe period of low temperatures, there may be a risk that the water in pipes and conduits in your house will freeze. To prevent the water from freezing, ensure that the pipes are properly insulated and protected against wind.

The municipality (“kommunen”) may provide shelters in case of widespread heating failures in an area. Contact your municipality if you have any questions.

Winter traffic

If you plan to drive through Sweden in winter, make sure to have a mobile phone, food, beverages, blankets and warm clothes in case your car stops running. 

Weather warnings

Train and other transportation services may be temporarily restricted if storms, large amounts of snow or very low temperatures are forecast. This is done in order not to expose passengers to unnecessary risks. Contact the relevant transport provider for more information if this is the case.
Follow the current weather warnings at SMHI.

In severe weather, the Police may advise the public to avoid any unnecessary journeys for safety reasons. Always follow the instructions of authorities.