List of motorways in Sweden

List of motorways in Sweden
Motorväg sign

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 motorways.

With the completion of a couple of new motorway stretches in 2006 and 2007 an interconnecting motorway network exists from Öresund Bridge (to Denmark) to the south of Uddevalla north of Gothenburg, and to Gävle north of Stockholm.

There are also a number of motortrafikleder (semi-motorways, autostrasse), roads 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. The Swedish road numbering scheme does not distinguish between motorways and other types of roads.

The speed limit on motorways is generally 110 or 120 km/h (68 or 75 mph). Speed limits of 70 and 90 km/h are often used on urban motorways, and electronic signs can show a lower limit in bad weather.


List of current motorways

E4 at Linköping
E6 and E20 near Varberg
E18 in Västerås
E22 (Söderköpingsvägen) in Norrköping
34 and 36 in Linköping
222 (Värmdöleden)

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 motorways.

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.

  • E4
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 dual carriageway, originally planned as a semi-motorway. The existing semi-motorways will be kept.
Härnösand-Haparanda: semi-motorway, motorways or dual carriageways close to the cities.
  • E6
motorway all the way, finished in 2012.
  • E18
Segmon-Norrtälje: motorway all the way. The semi-motorways will be kept until all worse parts are rebuilt to motorway.
  • E20
Göteborg-Vårgårda: motorway
Vårgårda-Vretstorp: either motorway or semi-motorway.
Vretstorp-Stockholm: motorway
  • E22
Trelleborg-Karlskrona: motorway. The existing semi-motorways within Blekinge will be kept, but those within Skåne are planned to be rebuilt.
Karlskrona-Söderköping: 2+1 semi-motorway, but it will take long time before it is built.
Söderköping-Norrköping: motorway
  • 40
Göteborg-Ulricehamn: motorway
Ulricehamn-Jönköping: semi-motorway

See also

  • Transportation in Sweden

External links

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