Many more Danish visitors are staying overnight in Sweden than usual, encouraged by the exchange rate.
A flood of Danes poured across the border into Sweden during the first quarter of this year. It was the biggest increase in overnight stays among all nationalities, new figures by the tourist board Visit Sweden show.
The number of registered overnight stays by visitors from Denmark rose 23.5% in the first three months of 2018 compared with the same period last year, or 82,114 more year-on-year.
The board attributes the trend to the reasonable rate of the Swedish krona, which currently costs about DKK 0.74, prompting more Danes – and citizens from other foreign markets – to travel to Sweden on extended weekends or longer holiday stays, Standby.dk reports.
The latest Swedish tourist stats show that the total number of foreign overnights in the first quarter was the largest since 2008. But of all the key markets, Denmark performed the best.
“It is positive to see that the number of Danish visitors in Sweden is rising so well. Sweden has a very good range of attractions in winter with the combination of wild nature and mountains for skiing, child friendliness and short transport times. But the currency also has a positive effect,” says Anna Kron Boysen of Visit Sweden’s Danish office.
Värmland, the Swedish region between Stockholm and Oslo, saw Sweden’s most pronounced growth in terms of Danish nights during the quarter, surging by 40%.
The second largest increase in the number of Danish overnights was seen in the Swedish region of Dalarna, famous for its ski resorts like Orsa Grönklitt, Idre Fjäll and Sälen. It received 30% more guests from Denmark.
Skåne, the Swedish region closest to Copenhagen, had 22% more Danish overnights.
Foreign overnight stays in Sweden rose by just over 4% to 16.2 million in 2017. Denmark accounted for about two million of these, up 2%, a number that should change substantially for 2018.