Sweden
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Most locals speak English, so you can get away with knowing only “hej” (hello) and “tack” (thanks) in Swedish. Many stores open around 9 or 10 a.m. and close between 5 and 6 p.m. On weekends they shut even earlier—and on Sundays they may not open at all—so plan your shopping accordingly. Many businesses operate on a queuing system using a number dispenser, so be on the lookout for these when entering a store. Sweden is an almost cashless society—everyone uses credit cards, though you should save a few coins for public toilets. The country is very environmentally conscious—from organic restaurants and cafes to recycling habits and ubiquitous biking culture—so be cognizant of this when using public spaces. If you’re pushing a stroller, you get to ride public buses for free. Tipping is not required for services rendered.