- Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe, with thousands of tiny islands surrounding the mainland.
- Residents here are known as ‘Swedes’ (noun), or ‘Swedish’ (adjective).
- It is bordered by Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast. It also has a coastline along the Gulf of Bothnia to the east and Baltic Sea to the south.
Flag of Sweden
- The coordinates for Sweden are 59.3500° N, 18.0667°
- The terrain here is mostly flat or gently rolling lowlands with mountains in the west.
- The total land area of Sweden is 173,732 square miles (449,964 square kilometres).
- This makes Sweden the third largest country in the EU after France and Spain!
- Sweden’s population was 10.12 million in 2018.
- Because of its large stature and relatively low population, Sweden has one of the lowest population densities in the EU!
- Stockholm is the capital; it covers a total of 73 square miles (188 square kilometres) and has a population of 965,232 (2017).
- Stockholm is actually built upon 14 islands and is surrounded by the Stockholm Archipelago which consists of an incredible 30,000 islands and islets!
- The average life span here is a very healthy 82.20 years – this is one of the highest in the world!
- The climate in the north is subarctic, whilst the south is temperate with cold, cloudy winters and cool summers… sounds like the UK!
- Sweden is one of the few countries in the world where it is possible to experience the ‘Northern Lights’!
- The official language of Sweden is Swedish – a North Germanic language that closely resembles Norwegian and Danish.
- The Swedish Krona is the official currency here; make sure you take lots of spending money to buy your odd flavour ice cream…
- The Green Zone Golf Club is the only golf course in the world to straddle not only two countries, but two time zones aswell! 9 holes are located in Sweden, whilst the remaining 9 are in Finland!
- Allegedly, the pacemaker, refrigerator, astronomical lens and safety match were all invented either in Sweden, or by Swedes who weren’t living in Sweden!
- Salty Liquorice is apparently one of the most popular flavours of ice cream in Sweden! Don’t forget your spending money!
- Sweden grows barley, wheat and sugar beats, rears livestock and produces dairy products.
- Its industry consists of iron and steel, precision equipment, processed foods, wood pulp and paper products.
Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden
- Sweden also exports motor vehicles, pulp and wood, paper products, iron and steel products, chemicals and machinery.
- Want to call your family or friends in Sweden? You’ll need to use the international dialling code +46.
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