Area Code -- The international country code for Sweden is 46; the city code for Gothenburg is 031. (If you're calling Gothenburg from abroad, drop the 0; within Gothenburg, drop the 031.)

Bookstores -- The biggest and most central is Akademi Bokhandeln, Norra Hamngatan 26 (tel. 031/61-70-31).

Business Hours -- Generally, shops are open Monday to Friday 10am to 6 or 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 3 or 4pm. Large department stores, such as NK, are also open on Sunday, usually from 11am to 4pm. Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3pm, and offices are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

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Currency Exchange -- Currency can be exchanged at Forex, in the Central Station (tel. 031/15-65-16), daily 7am to 9pm. There are also currency exchange desks at both Landvetter and Gothenburg City Airport, each open daily 5:15am to 10:45pm.

Dentists -- Call the referral agency, Stampgatan (tel. 031/80-78-00), Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday 8am to 4pm.

Doctors -- If it's not an emergency, your hotel can call a local doctor and arrange an appointment. If it's an emergency, go to Axess Akuten, Södra Allegatan 6 (tel. 031/725-00-00).

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Drugstores -- A good pharmacy is Apoteket Vasen, Götgatan 12, Nordstan (tel. 0771/45-04-50; www.apoteket.se), open daily 8am to 10pm.

Embassies & Consulates -- Neither Britain nor the U.S. maintains a consulate in Gothenburg; Americans and citizens of Australia, Britain, Ireland, and New Zealand must contact their embassies in Stockholm.

Emergencies -- The number to call for nearly all emergencies (fire, police, medical) is tel. 112.

Eyeglasses -- Go to Wasa Optik, Vasaplatsen 7 (tel. 031/711-05-35). It's open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.

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Hairdressers & Barbers -- We like the skilled staff at Salong Noblesse, Södra Larmgatan 6 (tel. 031/711-71-30), open Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm.

Internet -- The city library, Stadsbibliotek, Götaplatsen (tel. 031/61-65-00), offers free Internet access from a half-dozen stations, although it's best to phone in advance to the English-speaking staff for insights into the library's reservations policies that might be in effect at the time. It's open Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm (closed Sun May-Aug). There are also seven or eight computers available for access at Centralhuset (no phone), a service center within Gothenburg's Central Railway Station. They're usually available daily from 9am to 7pm.

Laundry & Dry Cleaning -- Because most Swedes have access to washing machines of their own, and because most hotels make laundry and dry-cleaning part of their service packages, self-service laundromats are hard to find. One that's centrally located, however, close to the Scandic Hotel Europa, is the Nordstan Service Center, Lilla Klädpressare 1 (tel. 031/15-03-00), which also does dry-cleaning.

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Liquor Laws -- You must be 18 to consume alcohol in a restaurant, but 20 to purchase alcohol in liquor stores. No alcohol can be served before noon. Most pubs stop serving liquor at 3am, except special nightclubs with a license to stay open later. Liquor can be purchased at state-owned liquor shops known as Systembolag, but only Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm.

Lost Property -- Go to the police station.

Luggage Storage & Lockers -- You can store luggage and rent lockers at the Central Station for 20SEK to 85SEK ($4-$17/£2-£8.50), depending on the size of the luggage.

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Photography Supplies -- An excellent store is Expert, Arkaden 9 (tel. 031/80-20-70), open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm.

Police -- The main police station is Polismyndigheten, Ernst Fortells Plats (tel. 031/739-20-00), opposite Ullevi Stadium.

Post Office -- Gothenburg doesn't define any particular branch of its many post offices as preeminent or "central," but a branch of the Swedish Postal Service that's convenient to everything in the city's commercial core is at Nordstan (tel. 031/80-65-29), a 5-minute walk from the Central Station. It's open Monday to Saturday 10am to 3pm.

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Radio & TV -- Gothenburg has Swedish-language TV broadcasts on TV1 and TV2, both of which are government-funded stations, and TV3 and TV4, both of which are commercially (that is, privately) funded. It also receives such British channels as Super Sky and BBC. National radio stations include P1, P2, P3, and P4; Radio Gothenburg broadcasts on 101.9 MHz (FM).

Shoe Repair -- Try Mister Minit, Nordstan (tel. 031/15-21-27). Repairs are made while you wait.

Taxes -- Gothenburg imposes no special city taxes other than the value-added tax (MOMS, usually calculated at 25%), which applies nationwide.

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Transit Information -- For tram and bus information, call tel. 0771/41-43-00.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.