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  • Officially » Kingdom of Sweden
  • Capital » Stockholm

Facts

  • Population » 10.4 million (2020)
  • Language » Swedish
  • Religion » Christianity
  • Life expectancy » 80 years (men), 84 years (women)
  • Joined the European Union in 1995
  • Currency » krona

Geography

  • Area » 449,964 sq km (173,732 sq miles)
  • Sweden is a Scandinavian country located in Northern Europe.
  • A Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes
  • Land borders with Norway and Finland.
  • The country connects with Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border.

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Notes

  • The second- and third-largest cities are Gothenburg and Malmö.
  • Unemployment is low and the economy strong.
  • The Swedes enjoy an advanced welfare system. Their standard of living and life expectancy are among the highest in the world.
  • Relative to its population size, Sweden has taken in more migrants than any other EU country since the beginning of the migration crisis in 2015.

Tourism

  • Sweden signed the Schengen agreement in 09 December 1996 and started implementing it later on 25 March 2001.
  • Since medieval times, Swedes have embraced a concept called allemansrätten (the right to roam) pertaining to the country’s great outdoors. Formally enshrined in the Swedish constitution in the 1990s, this veritable national law of wanderlust means that Swedes and foreign visitors alike can ski, cycle, skate, swim, camp and – yes – even pick-axe up frozen waterfalls anywhere in Sweden that isn’t on or near private property. (BBC)
  • 97% of the nation is uninhabited and very few trails or beaches are private
  • Two-thirds of the country is covered in forest; there are 30 national parks and more than 4,000 nature reserves; nearly 270,000 islands and thousands of kilometres of bike paths.

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Coffee Notes

  • Taking a break for a cup of coffee is known as Fika.
  • Enjoy everything from a cappuccino to a kaffee latte, but the classic black drip coffee is standard.
  • At home, Swedish people are known to make kokkaffe – or boiled coffee.

Amateur Radio

  • SSA – Sweden’s national amateur radio society
    • “Foreign radio amateurs with a CEPT HAREC (acc. T/R 61-01) license can, for a stay of up to three months, without a special permit operate amateur radio in Sweden.”

Safety & Security

  • Sweden is NOT a member of NATO but cooperate in peace and security operations

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This page was last updated on 2021.04.19 by Robert Vinet