Tap Water Safety in Sweden

Can you drink the tap water in Sweden?

In general, yes.

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Sweden (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in Sweden think about the tap water?

Tap water in Sweden is perfectly safe to drink, and may even be cleaner than bottled water.

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Tap water in Sweden is of great quality, and contains close to zero bacteria. Water in mountain resorts might contain rust, and water on islands off the coast might be brackish, but it is still safe to drink. There is no real reason for buying bottled water in Sweden. Also, there is bottled water that doesn't meet the requirements to be used as tap water in Sweden.

The most commonly searched cities in Sweden are:

For a full list of cities in Sweden, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization Sweden Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Sweden have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 99% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Sweden Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Sweden includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

DataDescription
Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited
National
2000888299%99%1%
2017991199%99%1%
Rural
20001421-99%1%
20171288-99%1%
Urban
20007461-99%1%
20178623-99%1%

What Do People In Sweden Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Sweden have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility7%Low
Water Pollution15%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility93%High
Water Quality85%High

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