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In Northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula, a Nordic country Sweden is located. It has water borders with Denmark, Germany, and Poland to the south, and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia to the east. It has land borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast. A bridge-tunnel across the Oresund connects Sweden and Denmark. According to European Union by area, Sweden is the third largest country. Sweden has area about 450,295 square kilometers. It has population of about 9.4 million. Population in urban areas is more. 85% of the population lives in urban areas. The capital city of Sweden is Stockholm. In Middle Ages Sweden originated as an independent country. In The Economist's Democracy Index, Sweden ranks first in the world. Sweden ranks ninth in the United Nations' Human Development Index. Sweden is also member of OECD and European Union. Sweden follows parliamentary democracy of government and is a constitutional monarch.

Sweden Recreation, Culture and Attractions

Sweden has a broad range of artistic originality. It is hard to face for Sweden with a few populations in it. The Institute for National Concerts (INC) and the Royal Music Authority were the two institutions which arranged musical activities the government granted. Later the National Concert Institute, a new institute took the charge of arranging musical activities. The regional musical life was liable to county councils from then. One of the hottest pop groups in Sweden is Ace of Base. The name of pop group was Tech Noir when started and later it became Ace of Base. ABBA steps forward in 1974 with the song 'Waterloo'. Nearly eight chart-topping albums and one single album were produced by ABBA. Birgit Nilsson was a world's well known soprano. Jenny Lind was first Swedish opera singer, to become world wide famous. In winter, Swedish people enjoy sports like ice climbing, skiing and skating. While in other time, they have fun with white-water rafting, canoeing, sailing, trekking and mountaineering. The name golfing nation was given to Sweden, for its success in golf. Annika Sorenstam was a golfing star. The immense, impressive and natural wilderness areas in Europe are in Lapland region in the far north of Sweden. The tourists in Sweden are tempted by exceptional skiing in eye-catching environment and abundant amounts of snow. Sweden offers a ample range of amusements, recreation and events.

Sweden Country Demographics

Sweden total population - 9,074,055
Sweden male population - 4,490,248
Sweden female population - 4,569,403
Sweden Swede population - 7,651,507
Sweden Finns population - 449,188
Sweden Assyrians population - 79,215
Sweden Roma population - 36,007
Sweden Lappish population - 6,800
Sweden Others population - 270,053

Sweden Education

Sweden has unique education system. Education for children aging 6-16 years is free of cost and is known as primary education. Children aged between 1-5 years can be enrolled in public kindergarten, also known as forskola or dagis. After primary education, for secondary education almost all go on with a three-year upper secondary school known as gymnasium. This secondary education is enough to go ahead for university studies or to apply for job. The degree of "Kandidat" is offered for undergraduates in Sweden which is literally Candidate and "Magister". Considerably, a higher ranking is given for Swedish Bachelor's degree. Swedish Master's degree is not widespread as graduate Master's degree. After three years of study at university Bachelor's degree can be obtained, whereas a university diploma can be obtained after two years of study. Private and public schools equally. In Sweden, lunch for students is provided for free. A 15-year-old Swedish student nearly scores OECD average in the PISA. PISA stands for Programme for International Student Assessment. Licentiate is the intermediate degree for postgraduate level at Sweden universities. Licentiate is almost equivalent to Doctorate than a Master's degree. In Sweden, it is mandatory to complete the primary education by 16 years of age. Sweden offers professional courses, which has wide-ranging prospectus and it take more time to complete than a Master's degree.

Sweden Country Symbols

Sweden Country nickname - "Mother Svea"
Sweden state Flag
Sweden state Flag
Sweden state Bird
Sweden state Bird
Sweden state Mammal
Sweden state Mammal
Sweden state Tree
Sweden state Tree
Ornasbjork (Betula pendula 'Dalecarlica')
Sweden state Anthem
Sweden state Anthem
Du gamla, Du fria
Sweden state Flower
Sweden state Flower
Linnea Borealis
Sweden state Motto
Sweden state Motto
For Sverige i tiden

Sweden History

The pace of life in early days, in Sweden was seasonal and depends on climate. About 12 years ago, at the end of ice age people first started for Scandinavia. Because of the infertile permafrost, glaciers recede and temperature changes people were forced to change their living place. Later after about thousand years, the condition of the ground was favorable to live. Vikings has a great history as creator of few big cities of medieval Russia. The trade routes were established in Golden Caliphate of Baghdad and Byzantium. The fall of Trade Empire of Vikings started after two centuries of success and control. In early sixteenth century, Gustav Vasa was well known for his control and his effort in development of the Swedish nation state. Gustav II Adolf was called as the "Lion of the North". Within few decades, under his control Sweden has rapid growth. In the fight of Lutzen, the Lion of the North was killed in 1632. Because of his sudden dismiss Sweden was under the pressure for its heritage and wealth. Post world wars there were impartiality in Sweden because of successive European clashes. Today Sweden has gained world wide reputation. It is well known for its development and social policies. In nineteenth century, there was balanced growth in the independent government. As a result, Sweden has industrial success and attained economic stability. Environmental cleanliness was maintained in Sweden. The beauty of Sweden was unimaginable with landscapes.

Sweden Tourism

Sweden's main attraction is landscape. Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Stockholm's true attraction is nature. Lake Malaren's fresh water meets the salt water of the Baltic. The scenic islands of Gotland and Oland are must a watch in Sweden. The national parks in Sweden is great tourist attract. Sweden has 28 national parks. Stockholm is famous for great architecture, historical sights, museums, parks, nightlife. 14 Swedish sites are enrolled by UNESCO in the world Heritage. The Baltic island of Gotland has some of the best beaches. These beaches attract large crowd during summer. Ekoparken in Stockholm is the first national urban park in the world. Sweden has 13 century historic churches, Storkyrkan and Riddarholm in Old Town and German Church has significance for its splendid Baroque interior.Some of the other beautiful cities in Sweden are Goteborg, Malmo and Uppsala. In the heart of Dalarna, central Sweden, there is traditional and folklore Lake center known as Siljan. It is a famous tourist spot. In Leksand a tall wooden pole is erected in summer which is known as midsummer pole. There is a bear park in Orsa. Rattvik is noted for folk dancing. Lake Siljan is very beautiful and has hilly fertile land around. The main tourist attractions in Sweden are the mines. The iron-ore mines of Kiruna and Gallivare in Lapland and the copper mine of Falun, Dalarna are some of the most deserving mines. The 14 world Heritage sites in Sweden which are nominated by UNESCO are Agricultural Landscape of Southern Oland (2000), Birka and Hovgarden (1993), Church Village of Gammelstad, Lulea (1996), Engelsberg Ironworks (1993), Hanseatic Town of Visby (1995), Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun (2001), Naval Port of Karlskrona (1998), Rock Carvings in Tanum (1994), Royal Domain of Drottningholm (1991), Skogskyrkogarden (1994), Struve Geodetic Arc (2005), Varberg Radio Station (2004), Kvarken Archipelago / High Coast (2000), Laponian Area (1996). Among the properties submitted on the Tentative List are: The Orkesta and Markim area (1995) Farms of Halsingland, Halsingland countryside (2005). One of the best tourist spot for opera lovers is Stockholm in Sweden. It is famous for its Royal Swedish Opera known as Operan. Stockholm is renowned for Museums. The most visited Museum in Scandinavia is Vasa Museum. It is noted for its showcase of the 16th century sunken ship remains. Visby, the town in northern Europe resembles medieval town. It is famous for the 2 ½ mile stone wall, around the city. In Sweden, there is tundra-like landscape known as the Lapland. In northern Sweden, there is a famous Hotel. The Hotel is completely made up of ice and is called Ice Hotel. The Ice Hotel opens only in the coldest months of the year. From the Vikings days, there are Bronze rock engravings, sculptures and rune stones are available. Some other attractions in Sweden are frescoed medieval churches, the castles and royal palaces. UNESCO considered 4 national parks from Lapland into world Heritage.

Sweden Taxes

Sweden Country Corporate tax -26.3% + 30%
Sweden Country Maximum Personal Income tax - 28.89%-59.09%
Sweden Country Value Added Tax (VAT) - 25%
Sweden Country tax on gross income from the employer - 31.42%
Sweden Country pension fee on gross income - 7.00%
Sweden Country municipal tax on gross income less pension tax and a base deduction - 32%
Sweden Country state tax on gross income less pension tax and a base deduction - 0%, 20%, or 25%
Sweden Country value added tax rate - 25%
Sweden Country value added tax rate for food and services like hotel room rental fees - 12%
Sweden Country value added tax rate for sales of publications, admission tickets to cultural events and travel within Sweden - 6%

Sweden's Economy

Sweden has ranked second for total tax revenue following Denmark. GDP's total tax revenue was 47.8% in 2007, from 49.1% in 2006. It was the time for Sweden to come out of the financial crisis. Sweden enjoyed the liberty and social welfare. This was the time when Sweden's standard of living was highest in the world. Globally Sweden has aggressive economy in the world. Steady demand in exports and increase in domestic front made Sweden financially more stable. Due to world's financial and economic recession, Sweden's economy was tightened. The export had a hard hit. Building tools, machinery, autos, investment commodities and telecommunications has no export. Later in a year, there was slow increase in economic conditions. Sweden's attained financial stability rapidly when compared. Approximately 8% rise in export and investments each year in Sweden is expected.

Sweden Universities

University of Uppsala, Scandinavia, Sweden - 20,450 Students
University of Lund, Scania, Sweden - 26,650 Students
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden - 24,900 Students
University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden - 28,200 Students
University of Karolinska, Solna and Huddinge, Sweden - 5,500 Students
University of Umea, Umea, Sweden - 15,850 Students
University of Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden College - 11,950 Students
University of Linkoping, Linkoping, Sweden - 17,200 Students
University of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Ultuna, Uppsala, Sweden - 3,600 Students
University of Lulea University of Technology, Scandinavia, Sweden - 6,350 Students
University of Karlstad, Karlstad , Sweden - 7,750 Students
University of Orebro, Orebro Sweden - 8,600 Students
University of Mid Sweden, Ostersund, Sundsvall and Harnosand, Sweden - 7,600 Students
University of Linnaeus, Smaland , Sweden - 15,000 Students

Sweden Religions

Sweden Lutheran Population is 84%
Sweden Protestant Population is 4.5%
Sweden Muslim Population is 4.0%
Sweden Roman Catholic Population is 1.6%
Sweden Eastern Orthodox Population is 1.1%
Sweden Buddhists Population is 1.5%
Sweden Hindus Population is 1.5%
Sweden other Population is 2.0%

Sweden Counties

Karlskrona Sweden - Population 151,436
Falun, Sweden - Population 275,711
Gavle, Sweden - Population 275,653
Visby, Sweden - Population 57,297
Halmstad, Sweden - Population 288,859
Ostersund, Sweden - Population 127,020
Jonkoping, Sweden - Population 331,539
Kalmar, Sweden - Population 233,776
Vaxjo, Sweden - Population 179,635
Lulea, Sweden - Population 251,886
Orebro, Sweden - Population 275,030
Linkoping, Sweden - Population 417,966
Malmo, Sweden - Population 1,184,500
Nykoping, Sweden - Population 263,099
Stockholm, Sweden - Population 1,918,104
Uppsala, Sweden - Population 319,925
Karlstad, Sweden - Population 273,489
Umea, Sweden - Population 257,581
Harnosand, Sweden - Population 243,978
Vasteras, Sweden - Population 248,489
Goteborg, Sweden - Population 1,538,284

Sweden Transport

Public transport is well-organized, wide-ranging and well-integrated. The only metro system in Sweden is in Stockholm, known as Stockholm Metro. Swedish State Railways is rail system in Sweden. Trams, Local Trains, Metro Rail and Taxis are easily available in Sweden. More than 10% tip is given to taxis. The valid age for car drivers is 18, whereas for two-wheeler it is 17 years. The outstanding and widespread rail system is run by Swedish State Railways. The system is more intense in the occupied south areas where services run between the main cities. The routes are widened to the forested and lightly populated lake area of the north, which is an attractive and trendy holiday destination. Many trains offer Restaurant cars and sleepers. Local Bus Facility is good and easily affordable. Travelling by air is relatively economical and well-organized. Motorcars are easily available and are very reliable.

Sweden Geography

Situated in Northern Europe, Sweden lies west of the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia, providing a long coastline, and forms the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. To the west is the Scandinavian mountain chain, a range that separates Sweden from Norway. Finland is located to its northeast. It has maritime borders with Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and it is also linked to Denmark (southwest) by the Oresund Bridge. Country wise, Sweden is 55 largest in the world approximately its area is 449,964 km2 or 173,732 sq mi. Depending on the geography, history and culture Sweden has 25 landscapes. The landscapes are clubbed into three large lands. Forest is spread over in nearly 65% of total Sweden's land. Vanern is the largest lake in Western Europe. Lakeland area is on the south of the mountains. For much of the year, snow is covered on some of the northern parts of Sweden and the mountainous regions. 8% of the total Sweden's land only, is used for agriculture.

Sweden National Parks

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handles the national parks in Sweden. Ekoparken in Stockholm, Sweden is the first national urban park in the world. Presently there are total of 29 national parks in Sweden. In Sweden by 2013, 6 new parks will be launched. National parks must signify exclusive landscapes types, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA in point of fact protects Landscapes and uses to explore, amusement, and sightseeing without damaging nature. About 90% of the parks shared area is Mountain land. The first park was initiated in 1909. Around 200,000 hectares of land is covered by Sarek National Park and Padjelanta National Park each. In order to offer improved long-term protection and tourism organization of European national parks, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiated PAN parks. Liseberg located in Gothenburg, is the largest theme park in Sweden. Sweden is the last wild frontier of Europe. Europe's wildest place with hazardous rivers, deep valleys and high mountains is magnificent Sarek national park. The Sarek national park does not provide any services to tourists and it is only meant for skilled hikers. Padjelanta and Muddus have some absurd scenery but are tourists friendly.

Sweden Government

Sweden's government is legitimate monarch with parliamentary system. The government in Sweden is parliamentary democratic monarch. Decision making power is vested in the cabinet. Prime minister and 19 ministers are the members of the cabinet. On September 15, 1973 King Carl XVI Gustaf (Bernadotte) ascended to the throne. His command is figurative, representative and official. The king being Head of State has no power in the governing of the state. The speaker plays a vital role in creation of the new government. The speaker, after the general elections suggests the new prime minister to Riksdagen. The national governmental assembly of Sweden is Riksdag. The elections in unicameral Riksdag are generally held in every 4 years. It consists of 349 members. The session of election takes place from June to September. In parliament, voting for Prime Minister Candidate is done. If the ratio of votes is less than half, against the Candidate, the votes which are laid against him are counted. The new prime minister known as Statsministern chooses the other ministers called Statsrad.