Sweden has a fairly
limited system of motorways (motorväg in Swedish).
The first motorway
(Malmö–Lund) was opened in 1953. The motorways' primary purpose is
connecting major cities to their surrounding areas, although there
is a long-term ambition to connect Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö with
completion of a couple of new motorway stretches in 2006 and 2007
an interconnecting motorway network exists from Öresund
Bridge (to Denmark) in the
south to Uddevalla north of Gothenburg, and to Gävle north of
There are also a number of motortrafikleder
with only 2 or 3 (2+1
) lanes but to which
the same conditions apply as to motorways (i.e. grade-separated
crossings, no slow traffic). These can be converted to motorways by
adding a parallel road.
This is a
complete listing of motorways in Sweden.
Swedish road numbering scheme does not distinguish between
motorways and other types of roads.
The speed limit on motorways
110 or 120 km/h (68 mph). 90 and 70 is often used on city
motorways, but electronic signs can show a lower limit in bad
List of current motorways
E4 near Söderhamn
34 and 36 in Linköping
Motorways without numbers
The numbers of these roads belong to secondary categories, that do
not appear on signs and regular maps:
Note that there are more semi-motorways in Sweden, but they have
not been considered interesting, since those do not connect to
Long term goals
There are long term goals in the standard of the major roads, and
all new constructed roads should follow this target standard. This
target has varied over the years, therefore roads varies somewhat
randomly in standard. A bad road has been rebuilt to the target
standard of the time, while better roads have been kept as is, even
though they didn't fulfill the target standard. This is especially
noticeable on the E18.
- Helsingborg-Gävle: motorway, although the existing
semi-motorway will be kept for many years.
- Gävle-Härnösand: probably narrower motorway all the way. The
Enånger-Hudiksvall is being built as a motorway, but was planned as
a semi-motorway. The existing semi-motorway will be kept.
- Härnösand-Haparanda: semi-motorway, but motorway close to the
- motorway all the way, finished in 2012.
- Segmon-Norrtälje: motorway all the way. The semi-motorways will
be kept until all worse parts are rebuilt to motorway.
- Göteborg-Vårgårda: motorway
- Vårgårda-Vretstorp: either motorway or semi-motorway. A new
motorway is being built (Lundsbrunn-Holmestad).
- Vretstorp-Stockholm: motorway
- Göteborg-Ulricehamn: motorway
- Ulricehamn-Jönköping: semi-motorway