Kalmar is located in southeast Sweden, on the coast of Baltic Sea. This lesser known city is known as the summer city of Sweden because of the lively yet relaxed environment. Kalmar’s history dates back to as early as the 11th century and holds many memories that has helped shape Sweden to be the country it is today. The old town, or what the locals call Gamla Stan, has a Swedish charm with its cobbled streets and well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings.
In Kalmar, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy. The winters are long, very cold, dry, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -4°C to 22°C and is rarely below -12°C or above 26°C.
If you are traveling from another EU country, you really don’t need to worry about purchasing a local SIM card. As of 2017, the EU has scrapped roaming charges. Which means that you will pay the fair price as you normally would in your home country.
As a foreigner from outside the EU, you have the option to purchase a pay-as-you-go SIM card upon arrival. There are a few networks to choose from, but there’s little differences between them. Telia and Telenor are recommended. Signals are generally excellent in and around Kalmar with a strong 4G connection.
There doesn’t seem to be a shop to purchase a SIM card at KLR airport, however there is wifi to help you get connected upon arrival.
The entrepreneur and startup scene in Kalmar isn’t very large, yet. Unfortunately the one co-working space that existed in the area has closed as of 2017. However, there are other alternative places available to get some work done.
Sweden is all about making sure everyone is included and dietary restrictions make no exception to this custom. You can find vegan options at many restaurants. But, if you want to try any traditional Swedish dishes, you are extremely limited as most meals include dairy, meat or fish.
Kalmar has a great local transportation system when it comes to busses. Not only will they take you anywhere in the city, they also have routes that will take you to cities further away and across the sea to Öland.Taxi
Uber isn’t available in this area yet, but an alternative is to grab your typical taxi. A popular company you will find is Svergietaxi and you can even download their app to help schedule your rides as conveniently as possible.Walk
Since Kalmar isn’t a large or busy city, you can easily walk from place to place in no time.
There isn’t a large community of people who work remotely established, which means that you may not be able to find people to relate to as easily. The Swedish culture also revolves around the mentality of simply not wanting to disturb others. It’s not often that a local will spark up a conversation with you, small talk isn’t even a common concept. However, if you are outgoing, you will find that locals in Kalmar are very friendly and kind.
During the summer, Kalmar is very lively and being around people is much more easier than the colder months.
Sweden offers visa-free travel to citizens of North American countries, the United Kingdom, and other European Union countries for stays up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries will need a visa to enter. You can view if your country belongs to that list here.