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General facts

Population: 9.51 million
Capital: Stockholm
Official language: Swedish
Currency: Krona
Religions: Christian & Lutheran
Motto: För Sverige – i tiden (‘For Sweden – With the times’)
National Anthem: Du gamla, Du fría (‘Thou Ancient, Thou Free’)

Interesting facts

  • Sweden is the largest EU country in terms of land area, after France and Spain.
  • The country also has 5 other official languages – Finnish, Yiddish, Sami, Meänkieli and Romani.
  • Sweden shares a border with its Scandinavian counterparts Finland and Norway, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge.
  • Low unemployment, a low birth rate, developed welfare system and one of the world’s longest life expectancies means Sweden boasts one of the highest standards of living in the world.
  • Sweden is a major exporter of goods such as electronics, engineering, cars, paper, iron and steel.
  • World-famous Swedish band, ABBA, rose to fame in 1974 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest.

More obscurely, did you know...

  • As of 2004, all employers are required to provide free massages for employees!
  • When you have a new baby, your other children get 1 month of free day-care!
  • Sweden celebrates Christmas on December 24th!
  • There are ‘elk fences’ at the side of roads to prevent stray elk wandering into traffic!