Good to know
Here we have collected things that are good to know when you are at the competition.
Coming from outside
City of Östersund
Östersund, which many consider the perfect place for students, is situated in central Sweden. Mid Sweden University in Östersund provides students with a variety of program and courses, while retaining a personal milieu.
Östersund’s specialties are tourism, eco technology and the ski college, where Sweden’s ski elite can combine studies with professional training. Many chose to study in Östersund because the city is close to the mountains and Jämtland’s beautiful natural scenery.
Östersund, situated in the midst of the grandeur of the fells while providing the facilities of a lively small city with industry and commerce, shopping facilities and entertainment, is the natural choice for students. From Östersund it’s close to Stockholm and other major cities, thanks to excellent communications and frequent departures by rail and air.
Official Visitor Guide
Destination Östersund, the Tourist Center will help you to get the best experience out of your visit in Östersund. The Tourist Office is open Monday- Friday 10am-3pm, at Storgatan 27. See our official Visitor Guide.
Rental car offers 26-28 January 2023
Thursday-Saturday you will receive a 20% discount on standard rental rate.
To book your car, mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and write the code ”WinterEcoRally”.
You could also contact the Europcar office in Östersund by calling +46 63 574750.
Use the same code for discount.
Thursday-Saturday you will receive discount on electric car rental rate.
To book your car, please phone the local Hertz office in Östersund by calling +46 63 57 50 30.
Use the code 57 50 30 for discount.
If you come to Östersund by air you can fly with SAS. They have 4 flights from Stockholm/Arlanda to Östersund each day. On Sunday 28 January they have 3 flights from Östersund to Stockholm/Arlanda. You can also fly to Trondheim/Vaernaes with for example KLM who have about 6 flights each day from Schiphol/Amsterdam. From Trondheim you can take the train (3,5 hours) to Östersund. The train leaves Trondheim/Vaernaes at Kl 17.18, each day.
Drivers going to the venues are advised to use the Yellow local buses, “Stadsbussarna”. It is a convenient way to get around Östersund. An adult single ride is SEK 32. There is also an option to buy a refillable bus card, please contact Ticket office in the central bus station, (situated in mid-town) for more information and purchase.
The bus service provider for Östersund is called Länstrafiken Jämtland: Länstrafiken i Jämtland/Härjedalen | LTR. Here you can find timetables and other relevant information.
For English language in app, click at the menu at top right and, in the pop-up window, choose your preferred language at top left.
The app for the buses can be downloaded via AppStore or Google Play. You can choose English as language by choosing the option “Mer” in the drop-down menu inside the app.
You can NOT use cash on the local buses, but You can pay with Your VISA or MasterCard.
When you have landed on Åre/Östersund Airport there will be Airport bus outside the entrance, departing approx. 10 minutes after you arrived, which will take you to City Center. The ride is about 15 minutes and the bus will stop directly outside Hotel Clarion Grand.
Our official hotel is situated in the town center of Östersund, Hotel Clarion Grand Östersund
Sverige Taxi Östersund: phone +46 63 199 000
Östersund Hospital is located at Kyrkgatan 16
In case of Emergency – Call 112
In case of advice – Call 1177
Swedes love their coffee
Few people drink more coffee than the Swedes. In Sweden, coffee drinking is fostered through a tradition called fika – in which friends, family or colleagues meet for coffee or tea, often with something sweet on the side. Most Swedes will enjoy at least one fika a day as an opportunity to bond.
Be on time
It is common knowledge here that ‘time’ should be respected at all times – regardless of whether you’re going for an interview or a friendly fika. Meetings will start on time with or without you. The bus leaves on time with or without you. Swedes value punctuality.
Tap water is better than bottled
Drinking straight from the tap is the norm in Sweden. The tap water in Östersund is very clean and fresh, so you can save both Your money and our environment by not buying bottled water while You are here.
Keep that plastic bag
Think twice before you throw away a plastic bag. Most Swedish grocery stores charge you for plastic or paper bags to keep waste low and encourage recycling. Swedes like to keep it sustainable.
Cash is no longer king in Sweden
Ask a Swede when they last paid for something in cash. The probable answer is last month or week. Digital payments via card or mobile apps are so common and trusted that many Swedes no longer carry cash. We even let our kids pay with cards.
Most retailers like handling less cash. Swish and mobile payment methods such as iZettle make it easier for small business owners to operate cash-free.