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Recently, I booked a vacation to Sweden (the south). Because I was so happy to go there, I bought a few books about it. Then, I noticed that there is a chance that you can be bitten by mosquitoes and another bug (which I don't know the name of) that causes Lyme disease. To verify if that was true I went to my doctor and she adviced me to take three syringes. I was completly shocked. I'm not really a city tripper, but I want to discover Sweden's nature. Is there a big chance that you can get a bite?

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    I think the lyme-disease-spreading bugs you are talking about are ticks, they're common through much of Europe (including Belgium) and North America especially in wooded areas. There are things you can do to reduce the risk of a tick bite e.g. tucking trouser legs into socks while treating trousers with bug repellent, it's not the sort of thing people would often reconsider a trip over – user568458 Apr 19 '17 at 15:40
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    Many of the small flying insects seen in large swarms in Scandinavia, Scotland and other similar regions are not actually mosquitoes. They are a different insect family known as midges.en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_midge – Sarriesfan Apr 19 '17 at 21:51
  • @Sarriesfan Having lived in Lapland experiencing both mosquitoes and knotts, and having experienced the Highland Midge while on vacation, I can tell you they are very different from each other. – gerrit Apr 20 '17 at 11:25
  • This article might help clear up the confusion: Mosquitoes in Sweden – fact and fiction. Basically: "knott" = midge, generally less common than mosquitoes, and less of a pain, mostly in the north; "mygg" = mosquito, most common inland, north, and near fresh water and birch forests, mid-June to September, during dusk hours. One American commentor calls them "viking mosquitos": bigger and more aggressive than what they were used to in the US – user568458 Apr 20 '17 at 16:06
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Is Sweden full of mosquitos during the summer?

Full, no, but mosquitos are pretty much everywhere. The most recent ECDPC data indicate little to no invasive mosquito activity in Sweden so at least Zika is not a specific concern. Details at Mosquito Maps

Is there a big chance that you can get a bite?

The chances of getting bit by Ticks or anything in Sweden are not meaningfully higher or lower than anywhere else. You should apply the same precautions you would in any wooded area. Preventing Tick Bites

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    The map you've linked to is for invasive, exotic mosquito species, and doesn't cover any of Sweden's 50-ish native mosquito species. – Pont Apr 19 '17 at 17:32
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    @Pont Dang it, that's the last time I relay on the EU for any clear information! Thanks for allowing a helpful modification and not downvoting like too many are want to do. – Johns-305 Apr 19 '17 at 17:39
  • Still wondering why...so... – Johns-305 Apr 19 '17 at 19:33
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    Northern Sweden/Lapland actually can be full (as in, big buzzing black clouds) of mosquitos in the summer, but this is highly seasonal and weather dependent. Some years are fine, some are terrible. – jpatokal Apr 19 '17 at 21:13

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