• Officially: Kingdom of Sweden
  • Capital: Stockholm

Facts

  • Population: 9.8 million
  • 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 ร–resund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border.

Notes

  • 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.

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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