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Scandinavian Delight: Facts and Information About Sweden

Sweden Facts and Information
This article on the various Sweden facts and information gives readers an insight about one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. The article educates its readers on a wide range of topics about the country, read on...
Vacayholics Staff
Last Updated: Mar 2, 2018
Interesting Facts About Sweden
Sweden was one of the most powerful military nations of the 17th century, but the country has not participated in any war for over 200 years. Many historians believe that Sweden is the only country which was not a participant in both the World Wars. However, some debate that it supported Germany in World War II and was under heavy German influence during the war and they severed ties with the rest of the world. The economy survived by exporting industrial and engineering parts to Nazi Germany.
Map of Sweden
Sweden is the fifth largest European country in terms of land area after France, Russia, Ukraine and Spain.
Situated in the Northern part of Europe, the country is located to the west of Baltic sea and the Gulf of Bothnia.
It shares maritime borders with Denmark, Germany, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
At 450,295 square kilometers, Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union.
Swedish Krona
The official name of Sweden is "The Kingdom of Sweden".
The official language of Sweden is Swedish.
Despite being a member of the European Union, the country's official currency is Swedish Krona (SEK) and not the Euro (EUR).
Sweden is governed by constitutional monarchy.
Sweden was one of the first countries to allow married women to vote in local elections.
The Head of the State is King Carl XVI Gustaf since 1973.
Approximately 9.4 million people reside in Sweden of which over 85% people in Sweden live in urban areas.
The most common religion in Sweden is Lutheran, Orthodoxy, Baptism, Jewish, Buddhism, and Islam.
Men and women of Sweden are considered to be very tall.
Swedish women start a family after the age of 30.
As per UNICEF, Sweden ranks second best country for children to live.
Swedish have the longest life expectancy in Europe.
Swedish Meatballs with Potatoes and Lingonberry Sauce
Favorite Swedish delicacy is meatballs with potatoes and lingonberry sauce.
The Nobel Prize ceremonies are held every year in Sweden in Norway on 10th of December.
23rd June Sweden celebrates Midsummer. This day is often regarded as the longest day in Sweden and many parts of the country have 24 hours sunlight.
Icehotel in Sweden
Stockholm is not only the largest city in Sweden, but is also the country's capital.
The first ice hotel of the world was built near the village of Jukkasjärvi, in the Kiruna district of Sweden.
Sweden is also home to the largest shopping mall of Europe; Nordstan. This mall is situated in Gothenburg which is the second largest city in Sweden.
The Swedish land has produced some of the greatest musical bands and singers like Abba, The Cardigans, Roxette, Ace of Base, Carola Häggkvist, Army of Lovers, Robyn, A*Teens, Europe and Alcazar.
Swedish people are known as master inventors and have created some amazing devices such as marine propellers, pacemakers, computer mice, refrigerators, astronomical lens, and the zipper.
Sweden is set to become the first country in the world to stop the usage of petrol and bio-fuel.
Despite being the second most technologically advanced country in Europe, Sweden has preserved its natural forests very well. A major part of the country is covered with lush green forests which help keep the country's atmosphere clean and healthy. It is a home to a large number of World Heritage Sites; almost 65% of the country is still covered by forest.
Sweden has the highest number of nuclear plants, per capita in Europe.
A very interesting fact about the Swedish land is that, the country has the highest number of McDonald restaurants, per capita, in Europe.
The number of personal computers in Swedish land, per capita, is higher than the rest of Europe.
Aerial View Of Gamla Stan
Saab Aero X Concept Car
Saffron Buns
Aerial View Of Central Stockholm
Four Reindeers