It is not customary to tip in most places in Sweden. This Sweden tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.
Tipping in Sweden
Tipping in Sweden may not be considered customary, but it is starting to change thanks to an influx of travelers who do tip. Keep in mind that although Sweden is part of the European Union, the country does not use the Euro but instead use the Krona.
A good rule of thumb is to skip the tip unless service goes above and beyond. In that case, a tip of 5 to 10 percent is sufficient and appreciated. The tip is sometimes included in the final bill, but not always. Keep this in mind before determining how much to leave.
There is no expectation when it comes to tipping for other services, but a little can go a long way for stellar service. This Sweden tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.
Sweden Tipping Guide
Cafe Server: If there is a tip jar by the cash register, it’s a nice gesture to leave a couple of coins. For exceptional table service, round up to the nearest Krona.
Restaurant Server: It is not customary to tip at restaurants, but a tip of up to 10 percent for incredible service is sufficient. The tip is sometimes included in the final bill, but not always. Check the bill first for these inclusions before deciding what to tip. Servers sometimes don’t receive tips included on a credit card, so always try to tip in cash whenever possible.
Bartender: It’s not necessary to tip a bartender, as most do not expect it and some may even refuse it. Table service, however, is considered to be separate, and it is considerate to leave a few coins for great service.
Taxis: A tip isn’t expected, but is appreciated. A good rule of thumb is to round up to the nearest krona for exceptional service.
Airport Shuttle: It is not necessary to tip your driver.
Doorman: Gratitude is always welcome when a doorman assists with luggage or hailing transportation. A simple thank you is appreciated, but feel free to offer 5kr to 10kr for exceptional service.
Bellhop: For heavier bags or extra help, a tip of 5kr to 10 kr is appreciated but not necessary.
Housecleaning: Everything is typically included in the hotel bill, but feel free to leave 5kr to 10kr for a spotless stay.
Concierge: If the concierge goes above and beyond with helping you book reservations, giving you directions, and providing insider recommendations, it’s considerate to tip 5kr to 10 kr.
Stylist: A tip isn’t expected and is up to your own discretion to leave one.
Spa Service Provider: A tip isn’t necessary.
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