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There are lots of Baltic Sea ferries plying between Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Most routes other than Finland and Estonia are ice free and operate year round. Roads and trains connect with Denmark between Malmo and Copenhagen on the famous Oresund bridge, and Norway between Stockholm and Oslo. There are also numerous road crossings with Norway and a lesser number with Finland. Flight options (mostly to Stockholm Arlanda airport) include:
- Star Alliance - Adria, Air China, Austrian, blue1, Continental, LOT, Lufthansa, SAS, Spanair, Swiss, TAP, Thai, Turkish, US Airways
- Oneworld - British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Malev
- Sky Team - Aeroflot, Air France, Czech, Delta, KLM
- Other selected - most European and some Middle Eastern full service, low cost and charter airlines
TIP Some longhaul airfares (eg around the world) are significantly cheaper from Sweden than from most other places in Europe, particularly in business and first class.
TIP When flying a low cost airline to Stockholm check carefully which of the 4 airports is being used. For example Ryanair uses Skavsta about 60 miles south of the city and Vasteras 70 miles west.
UPDATED November 2009 - Continental switch from Sky Team to Star Alliance. No change to advice.