- Capital: Stockholm
- Area: 450,295 km2 (173,860 sq mi)
- Population: 10,019,400
- Population in major cities (including suburbs): Stockholm: 2,123,300. Gothenburg: 928,600. Malmö: 656,400
- Life expectancy: Men 79.8 years, women 83.5 years
- Religion: The Church of Sweden is Evangelical Lutheran. There are also many other religions and denominations
- Official Language: Swedish
- National Day: 6 June
- Government: Constitutional monarchy, with parliamentary democracy
- Legislature: The Riksdag, with 349 members in a single chamber
- GDP (PPP): $498.130 billion (Total), $49,678 (Per capita)
- GDP (Nominal): $517.440 billion (Total), $51,603 (Per capita)
- Education: Nine years of compulsory schooling, but most pupils continue to the three-year upper secondary school. Around one-third go on to higher education at universities and colleges throughout Sweden
- Working hours: Standard work week is 40 hours, minimum paid vacation is 5 weeks
- Labour force participation: Men: 68.6 per cent. Women: 63.7 per cent
- Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
- Time Zone: CET (UTC+1), Summer CEST (UTC+2)
- Date Format: yyyy-mm-dd
- Drives on the…: Right
- Calling Code: +46
- Internet code: .se
- Most important export goods: Machinery and transport equipment, chemicals and plastic and rubber products, electronics and telecommunications equipment, energy products, industrial machinery, road vehicles, minerals, foodstuffs
10 facts about Sweden
- Sweden is the world’s number one exporter of chart music in relation to GDP. Between 2001 and 2007 52,100 chart entries around the world came from Sweden.
- Sweden has 10 million inhabitants. How many Swedes are there? Well, 23% are younger than 20, and 17% were born in another country.
- Swedish Parents are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave of those, 90 days are reserved for the dad. In 2014, dads took 25% of the total parental leave.
- Renewable sources account for 52% of the Swedish energy production, of this almost 95% comes from hydropower.
- Every month 993,000 kg of food waste is gathered by the city of Stockholm. The waste is turned into 115,000 m3 of gas, which buses and taxis use as fuel.
- The Swedish three-point seatbelt is claimed to have saved 1 million lives. It was launched in 1959 by Volvo, and this invention is found in 1 billion vehicles.
- There are 95,700 lakes in Sweden larger than 100 m x 100 m, that equals 9% of Sweden’s total area. Some have funny names, such as ‘Lördagsträsk’ meaning Saturday swamp.
- Sweden is 1,574 km long, which leads to extreme weather variations. Lowest/highest temperatures: -53°C in the far north (February) and +38°C in the south (June).
- Have you ever tried a ‘Semla’? 500 kcal of a delicious, cream-filled bun. Every year 20 million semlas are consumed in Sweden, that equals a mind-boggling 10 billion kilocalories of national indulgence.
- The average Swede works 1,644 hours per year. The OECD average is 1,776 hours, still, Sweden ranks 6th in the global competitiveness index.
www.sweden.se – The official site of Sweden. Discover the facts and stories of our country.
www.informationsverige.se – Contains information about the Swedish society and is run by the County Administrative Boards of Sweden.
www.visitsweden.com – Sweden’s official website for tourism and travel information.
www.si.se – The Swedish Institute, works to promote Sweden and Swedish issues globally.
www.government.se – The official websites of the Government and the Government Offices.
www.tullverket.se – Swedish Customs website.