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