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How to pack for Sweden in February?

I will be spending my February in Sweden, travelling between Gothenburg, Karlstad, and Stockholm. In terms of weather - what can I expect? Will a faux fur coat provide enough warmth? I hate to sacrifice my style for comfort, and my parka would take up a lot of space in my bag. Whatever coat I bring with me will be the one I wear on the plane and the only one I'll have the entire time. I also wear a lot of skirts and tights, so that's a bit of a concern. I'm kind of rambling but we're also taking a cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki, so it may be even colder on the water. Any other travel tips are welcome! My boyfriend lives in Sweden and although he's prepared me for a few things, I'm essentially going into this blind.

Another thing about the parka: Although I love it and it's extremely warm, there's a Swedish flag patch on the sleeve and that can be seen as racist. I really want to avoid any conflict if I can, so I'm heavily depending on my fur coat instead.

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/QQJoy

I went to Stockholm two weeks ago, I packed a big coat, sort of like this:

I wore leg warmers, they are really comfortable. I don't recommend skirts, unless they are those really long ones, that provide warmth. If you want to keep some style, you could wear some boots:

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I wore some stylish sweaters and black leggings. I love scarves, and they keep the neck warm, so I recommend some scarves too.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nefalaide
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Just want to add something about skirts. I'm Swedish, live in Stockholm and hate to freeze. During winter I only wear skirts and dresses with warm stockings, leggings or leg warmers. That's a lot warmer than tight jeans and the leg warmers can be removed when going indoors.

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Reply2 years ago

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I think it depends on the style. I live in a small town, near the coast, and I was shopping for a big coat, and I could not find one. We were in Stockholm and everyone was wearing big coats. Leggings and leg warmers are my style :)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina
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It's quite impossible to predict the weather two months in advance and what to wear depends on how much you plan to be outside. Expect a wintery weather. As a general mean, temperatures are between -5° and 0° Celsius in February in Gothenburg, Karlstad and Stockholm. But if you're (un)lucky, that can swing 10°C either way depending on the weather at the time.

About the flag patch, don't worry. That is highly unlikely to be any kind of problem.

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As Zmrzlina said, it's impossible to predict the weather. It could get really cold. But it usually rains most of the year in Gotheburg whereas it's normally sunnier and, in the winter, colder in Karlstad and Stockholm. In Helsinki, it's usually cold and windy. So I'd pack something that can keep both wind and rain out.

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