Scandinavian Delight: Facts and Information About Sweden
Sep 29, 2019
Sweden facts and information here gives the readers an insight about one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. A wide range of topics about the country, are also discussed.
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.
• After France, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Sweden is 5th largest (area) European country.
• Situated in the North of Europe, the country is located to the west of Baltic sea and the Gulf of Bothnia.
• Sweden 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.
• The official name of Sweden is "The Kingdom of Sweden" and its official language is Swedish.
• Though country is a member of the European Union, its official currency is Swedish Krona (SEK), not the Euro (EUR).
• Approximately 10.2 million people reside in Sweden of which over 86% people in Sweden live in urban areas.
• The most common religion in Sweden is Lutheran, Orthodoxy, Baptism, Jewish, Buddhism, and Islam.
• As per UNICEF, Sweden ranks second best country for children to live.
• Sweden is one of the countries that has the longest life expectancy, in Europe.
• Favorite Swedish delicacy is meatballs with potatoes and lingonberry sauce.
• The Nobel Prize ceremonies are held every year in Sweden and Norway on 10th of December.
• 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.
• Despite being a technologically advanced country in Europe, Sweden has preserved its natural forests very well. A major part of Sweden is covered with lush green forests which help keep the country's atmosphere clean and healthy.
• Having won the World Championship 11 times, the Swedish national men's ice hockey team is regarded as one of the best in the world.
• In 2018, Sweden was one of the best performing countries, in the Climate Change Performance Index.