Overseas Quick Guide

Overseas Quick Guide

Welcome to your Factory Delivery Experience.
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We wish you a safe and smooth journey.
Here are some tips before you start your Swedish adventure in your new Volvo.

Tip #1: Swedish vocabular

Hi / Bye
Hej / Hej då

Freeway entrance ramp / Highway exit
Påfart / Avfart

Entrance / Exit
Infart / Utfart

Speed / Mind the speed limit
Fart / Tänk på hastigheten

Thank you / You are welcome
Tack / Varsågod

Lower your speed / Speed bump
Sänk farten / Farthinder

Open / Closed
Öppen / Stängt

Private road / Passage prohibited
Privat väg / Ej genomfart

Tip #2: Driving in Sweden


  • Minimum legal driving age in Europe is 18
  • In order to be eligible to drive in Sweden, you need a valid driver’s license
  • All drivers and passengers are required by law to use their dedicated seat belt
  • All children up to 5 years old are required to sit in a child’s safety seat
  • It is prohibited by law to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving
parking sign

This sign indicates a dedicated parking area. In most areas in Sweden you will be required to pay for parking, payable either by credit card or cash. Make sure you are able to pay the fee and do not violate any parking restrictions. Otherwise, you risk being towed at your own expense.

Speed camera sign
Speed camera

This sign indicates an automated speed camera along your route. In the event of speeding, the camera will capture your license plate, and a fine will be imposed on the owner of the vehicle.

gas station sign
Gas station

All gas stations in Sweden are self-service stations. Please note that there is more than one fuel type available, marked by colours and signs. For regular petrol (gas) choose “Bensin 95” (this applies to all US cars). For diesel engines – yes, you guessed it – choose
“Diesel” (D).

no turn on red sign
No turn on red

In case of a red light, do not turn right. Exceptions apply when there is a traffic light indicating driving directions with arrows.

speed sign
Speed signs

This sign indicates the speed limit that applies to the respective stretch of road. Note that speed limits are stated in kilometers
per hour. 

yield sign
Yield sign

Slow down and yield right of way.

One-way traffic sign
One-way traffic

This sign indicates one-way traffic. You will not encounter oncoming traffic on this road.

roundabout sign

This sign indicates the mandatory direction in the upcoming roundabout. Make sure to yield right of way to vehicles already in the roundabout before you enter.

tolls sign

This sign indicates a toll station. Cameras will automatically capture your license plate and send the bill to the vehicle owner. Vehicle owners are responsible to familiarise themselves with country-specific requirements and to ensure the payment of toll bills. Note: in Scandinavia, it’s possible to register with your details online, in other countries you will mostly pay at physical toll stations. Not all countries charge tolls.

no entry sign
No entry

This sign indicates that entry is prohibited.

no standing or parking sign
No standing or parking

This sign indicates that it is not permitted to stop or park in the restricted zone ahead. The same type of sign with only one diagonal line indicates that parking is not permitted.

cars and motorcycles prohibited sign
Cars and motorcycles prohibited

This sign indicates that no cars or motorcycles can enter the road.

Tip #3: European practicalities

Because road-tripping is more fun when you know what you’re doing, we collected some good-to-know facts for peace of mind on the road.


  • Scandinavia loves credit cards!
  • Many places accept card payments only
  • The opposite applies in other countries; in Germany for example, cash is king
  • Tipping in Sweden is optional


  • Never drive in the bus lane; it is prohibited for good reasons
  • Whenever possible, also avoid the tram lane
  • When in Europe, drive on the right-hand side (the only exceptions are the UK, Malta and Cyprus)
  • Theft-proof your car – store your valuables in the trunk and leave no tourist information lying around
  • Empty out your glove compartment and leave it open for any potential thief to see it’s empty


  • Tap water is usually safe and drinkable in western Europe, unless indicated otherwise

Tip #4: Vehicle preparedness

  • Set your seat

    The car’s front seats have a range of setting options in order to enhance comfort. Set to desired sitting position using the control on the front seat’s seating section.

    • In cars with four-way lumbar support*, turn the multifunction knob up / down to set the various comfort functions
    • In cars with two-way lumbar support*, use the round button to adjust the lumbar support forwards / backwards*
    • Raise / lower the front seat cushion by adjusting the up / down control
    • Raise / lower the rear end of the seat by adjusting the up / down contro
    • Move the seat forward / backward by adjusting the forward / backward slider
    • Change the tilt of the backrest by adjusting the forward / reverse control

    Warning! Adjust the position of the driver’s seat before setting off, never while driving. Make sure that the seat is in locked position in order to avoid personal injury in the event of heavy braking or an accident. Only one movement (forward / back / up / down) can be done at a time. The backrest in the front seats cannot be fully folded forward.

    *If available

  • Connect a phone

    Connect a phone using Bluetooth so that you can make calls, send / receive messages, play media wirelessly and connect to the internet.

    • Make your phone discoverable via the Bluetooth settings on the phone
    • In the center display of your Volvo, open the phone sub-menu (top sub-menu “Navigation”, second sub-menu “Media”, third sub-menu “Phone”)
      • If no phone has previously been connected to the car, press “Add Phone”
      • If a phone has previously been connected to the car, press “Switch”
        • In the popup window, tap “Add Phone”
        • Available Bluetooth devices are listed
        • The list is updated as new units are discovered by the car
    • Touch the name of the phone that shall be connected
    • Check that the specified digits in the display match the ones on the phone
      • If so, choose to accept in both places
    • In the center display, choose to accept or reject any selections for the phone’s contacts, messages, media and internet source
  • Guidance via navigation

    A destination can be specified in different ways in the navigation system (if available) with free text search it is possible, for example, to search for telephone numbers, postcodes, streets, cities, coordinates, and points of interest (POIs).

    • Display the navigation by tapping the top sub menu in the center display
    • On the left side, tap “Set Dest.” to open up the Navigation menu
    • Tap the search box at the bottom of the display, to search for a destination; the search hits are listed in the display
    • If the search returns the desired result – press a search hit to display its information card and select “Start Navigation” to get guidance to the destination. If the search returned too many results, press “Advanced Filter”and select position to search around and then select continued use of the search hit:
      • Nearby the car
      • Nearby the destination – only displayed if a destination has been entered
      • Along the route – only displayed if a destination has been entered
      • Nearby a point of interest
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