List of motorways in Sweden
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 - 2012 an interconnecting motorway network exists from Öresund Bridge (to Denmark) to the Swedish- Norwegian border 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.
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 Helsingborg – Kånna (south of Ljungby)
- E6 Maglarp – Malmö – Halmstad – Gothenburg – Uddevalla – Rabbalshede
- E18 Segmon – Ed
- E20 (Denmark) – Öresund Bridge – Malmö – Halmstad – Gothenburg – Tollered
- E45 Together with E18 Segmon – Ed, Sweden, Gothenburg - Trollhättan under construction.
- E65 Malmö – Tittente
- 11 Malmö Bulltofta – Trafikplats-Sunnanå
- 25 and 30 Öjaby – Växjö center
- 28 Karlskrona Österleden
- 34 Linköping Trafikplats Tift (E4 Linköping västra) – Vallarondellen "Malmslättsleden"
- 35 Linköping Trafikplats Staby (E4 Linköping östra) – Mörtlösarondellen
- 40 Gothenburg – Borås - Rångedala
- Through Haga in Jönköping
- 44 Herrestad near Uddevalla – east parts of Uddevalla (old E6)
- Råsseröd east of Uddevalla – Väne-Ryr (extension to road 45 opened during 2006)
- 49 Skara - Axvall
- 50 Together with E20 Brändåsen (Hallsberg) – Norrplan (Örebro)
- 53 Oxelösund – Nyköping
- 73 Älgesta – Stockholm
- 75 Stockholm Södra länken
- 80 Gävle – Sandviken
- 222 Henriksdal – Graninge
- 226 Årsta – Östberga
- 229 Skarpnäck – Bollmora
- 260 Älta – Skrubba
- 265 Norrortsleden E4 – Sollentuna
- 273 E4 – Arlanda airport
Motorways without numbers
The numbers of these roads belong to secondary categories, that do not appear on signs and regular maps:
- North of Helsingborg
- Inre Ringvägen in Malmö, former E6/E20
- Out of Malmö to E22
- Out of Malmö to E6/E22
- "Saltsjöbadsleden" in Nacka
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.
- Helsingborg-Gävle: motorway
- 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.
- motorway all the way, finished in 2013.
- Segmon-Norrtälje: motorway all the way. Norway-Segmon: semi-motorwaylike with some crossings in level.
- Gothenburg-Vårgårda: motorway
- Vårgårda-Vretstorp: either motorway or semi-motorway.
- Vretstorp-Stockholm: motorway
- 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
- Gothenburg-Ulricehamn: motorway
- Ulricehamn-Jönköping: semi-motorway
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