23 Sensational Facts About Sweden

    1. Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe, with thousands of tiny islands surrounding the mainland.
    2. Residents here are known as ‘Swedes’ (noun), or ‘Swedish’ (adjective).
    3. It is bordered by Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast. It also has a coastline along the Gulf of Bothnia to the east and Baltic Sea to the south.
    4. The coordinates for Sweden are 59.3500° N, 18.0667°
    5. The terrain here is mostly flat or gently rolling lowlands with mountains in the west.
    6. The total land area of Sweden is 173,732 square miles (449,964 square kilometres).
    7. This makes Sweden the third largest country in the EU after France and Spain!
    8. Sweden’s population was 9.6 million in 2013.
    9. Because of its large stature and relatively low population, Sweden has one of the lowest population densities in the EU!
    10. Stockholm is the capital; it covers a total of 73 square miles (188 square kilometres) and has a population of 881,235 (2012).
    11. Stockholm is actually built upon 14 islands and is surrounded by the Stockholm Archipelago which consists of an incredible 30,000 islands and islets!

  1. The average life span here is 82 years – this is one of the highest in the world!
  2. The climate in the north is subarctic, whilst the south is temperate with cold, cloudy winters and cool summers… sounds like the UK!
  3. Sweden is one of the few countries in the world where it is possible to experience the ‘Northern Lights’!
  4. The official language of Sweden is
  5. The Swedish Krona is the official currency here; make sure you take lots of spending money to buy your odd flavour ice cream…
  6. The Green Zone Golf Club is the only golf course in the world to straddle not only two countries, but two time zones aswell! 9 holes are located in Sweden, whilst the remaining 9 are in Finland!
  7. Allegedly, the pacemaker, refrigerator, astronomical lens and safety match were all invented either in Sweden, or by Swedes who weren’t living in Sweden!
  8. Salty Liquorice is apparently one of the most popular flavours of ice cream in Sweden! Don’t forget your spending money!
  9. Sweden grows barley, wheat and sugar beats, rears livestock and produces dairy products.
  10. Its industry consists of iron and steel, precision equipment, processed foods, wood pulp and paper products.
  11. Sweden also exports motor vehicles, pulp and wood, paper products, iron and steel products, chemicals and machinery.
  12. The international dialling code for Sweden is 0046.  To learn how to make cheap calls to Sweden, click here

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