|Area Total||450,295 sq km|
|Climate||temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in north|
|Natural Resources||iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver,tungsten, uranium, arsenic, feldspar, timber,hydropower|
|Imports||Germany 18.7%, Netherlands 8.9%, Norway 7.7%, Denmark 7.2%, China 5.5%, UK 5.1%, Finland 4.7%, Belgium 4.7% (2017) – machinery, petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, motor vehicles, iron and steel; foodstuffs, clothing|
|Government||parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|Population||10 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||Swedish 81.5%, Syrian 1.7%, Finnish 1.5%, Iraqi 1.4%, other 13.9% (2017 est.)|
|Language||Swedish (official) note: Finnish, Sami, Romani, Yiddish, and Meankieli are official minority languages|
|Exports||Germany 11%, Norway 10.2%, Finland 6.9%, US 6.9%, Denmark 6.9%, UK 6.2%, Netherlands 5.5%, China 4.5%, Belgium 4.4%, France 4.2% (2017) – machinery (26%), motor vehicles, paper products, pulp and wood, iron and steel products, chemicals (2016 est.)|
News about Sweden
Covid surge 'very serious' in Germany and 'out of control' in Spain
by Peter Beaumont (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 22, 2020
Czech PM apologises for bringing back tough measures; Poland and Croatia set daily records Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEuropean politicians and experts charged with combating the coronavirus pandemic are raising the alarm that nations across the continent are on the brink of an “out-of-control” resurgence of the […]
Does Sweden have the answer to living with Covid-19?
by Presented by Anushka Asthana and reported by Jon Henley and Lars Trägårdh. Produced by Rose de Larrabeiti, Rachel Humphreys and Axel Kacoutié. The executive producers are Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson. Adapted by Gabrielle Jackson and Joe Koning (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 19, 2020
All over the English-speaking world, conservative commentators have latched on to Sweden’s approach to coronavirus as a shining example other countries should follow. The country has managed to avoid enforced lockdowns but what did it do differently? And could the Scandinavian country’s methods be adapted for elsewhere? • Nick Cohen: Welcome to […]
'On the brink of disaster': Europe's Covid fight takes a turn for the worse
by Jon Henley in Paris (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 16, 2020
As France imposes curfews, even countries that previously managed well are struggling badlyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“It’s not a word I’ve heard in a long, long time,” an elderly Paris resident said, leaving her apartment in mask and gloves for an early expedition to the shops. “A curfew. That’s for wartime, […]
Covid in Europe: how countries are tackling second wave
by Europe correspondents (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 15, 2020
A roundup of the measures affecting mask-wearing, schools and more across mainland EuropeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe governments of European countries are each responding in their own way to the second wave of coronavirus. Here we summarise the main measures being implemented in 20 mainland nations. Continue reading...
Sweden to increase military spending by 40% as tension with Russia grows
by Reuters in Stockholm (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 15, 2020
Military run down after cold war but Russian activity in Baltic Sea forces hasty rearmamentSweden will increase military spending by about 40% in the next five years and double the number of people conscripted into its armed forces as it aims to strengthen its defence amid growing tensions with Russia, the government has said.The country, which is not a […]
Being a Human Person review – the Monty Pythonesque artistry of Roy Andersson
by Peter Bradshaw (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 14, 2020
The Swedish director, known for his brilliant dreamlike visions and gags, is celebrated in this documentary set around his latest film, About EndlessnessThe amazing artistry of 77-year-old Swedish director Roy Andersson is illuminated in this tribute, a documentary that follows the work on his latest film, About Endlessness, which emerged last year to much […]
US game theory specialists win Nobel prize in economics
by Phillip Inman (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 12, 2020
Paul R Milgrom and Robert B Wilson awarded prize 26 years after game theory scholar John NashThe Nobel prize for economics was awarded on Monday to two US game theory specialists, 26 years after John Nash – the Princeton academic depicted by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind – won for his groundbreaking work on the same subject.Americans […]
Minority of Europeans think US election will be free and fair – poll
by Jon Henley Europe correspondent (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 8, 2020
Exclusive: majorities in seven countries favour Joe Biden and rate Donald Trump poorly Fewer than one in 10 Europeans expect next month’s US presidential election to be completely free and fair, and an overwhelming majority say they would like Joe Biden to triumph over Donald Trump.According to a YouGov tracker survey in Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, […]
Does Sweden have the answer to living with Covid-19? – podcast
by Presented by Anushka Asthana with Jon Henley and Lars Trägårdh; produced by Rose de Larrabeiti, Rachel Humphreys and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 7, 2020
The Swedish example is regularly raised by libertarian-minded Conservatives when protesting against government restrictions aimed at quelling the spread of the virus in the UK. But what did the Scandinavian country do differently and could it be applied elsewhere?When politicians across the world were confronted with the reality of a spreading pandemic, […]
Nobel prize for literature tipped to make safe pick after years of scandal
by Alison Flood (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 5, 2020
Having been postponed in 2018, last year’s return drew heavy fire for the selection of Peter Handke, so experts expect a cautious choice this weekJamaica Kincaid and Anne Carson have been tipped as possible winners of this week’s Nobel prize for literature, with the secretive jury expected to play it safe in the wake of three years of controversy.The […]
'Tell us the truth': hole found in sunken ship's hull proves us right, say families
by Jon Henley Europe correspondent (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 4, 2020
New evidence emerges in Europe’s worst peacetime maritime disaster - the sinking of MS Estonia in 1994For a quarter of a century, a lack of firm evidence has prevented any real challenge to the official story of how, on a stormy September night, more than 850 people came to die in Europe’s worst peacetime maritime disaster since the second world war.Now […]
Protect the poor from being penalised by carbon taxes | Torsten Bell
by Torsten Bell (Sweden | The Guardian) on October 4, 2020
Green economists will never get the public on their side until they factor in the cost to lower-income householdsIn those glorious pre-pandemic days we only had climate change to worry about. Post-pandemic, we’ll need to get right back to worrying about it – and actually doing something about it.On the “doing” front, economists like the idea of […]
Global poll of views on environment and science finds sharpest divide in US
by Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent (Sweden | The Guardian) on September 29, 2020
Only one in five Americans with right-wing outlook said they had a lot of trust in scientistsPeople in the US are more sharply divided along political lines when it comes to science and environmental issues than in other parts of the world, new research shows.Globally, people who see themselves on the left side of politics are more likely to be concerned […]
Hole discovered in hull of Baltic ferry that sank killing 852
by Agence France-Presse (Sweden | The Guardian) on September 28, 2020
Sweden, Finland and Estonia to jointly assess new information on 1994 sinking of MS EstoniaNordic leaders have announced that they will examine evidence from a new television documentary that could shatter the official explanation of how 852 people died in a 1994 ferry sinking in the Baltic Sea.The makers of the five-part documentary series, which was […]
Italy's government showed the world how to take responsibility in a pandemic | Francesca Melandri
by Francesca Melandri (Sweden | The Guardian) on September 28, 2020
Italy and Sweden chose very different Covid-19 strategies, but both were accountable and transparentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIf there ever was an unlikely country to be designated a model of collective civility, that’s Italy. My native land is usually depicted as a beautiful place whose abundance of natural and […]
Welcome to libertarian Covid fantasy land – that’s Sweden to you and me | Nick Cohen
by Nick Cohen (Sweden | The Guardian) on September 26, 2020
The right fails to recognise that the Swedes’ real virtue in this pandemic is their social cohesionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSweden is to the 21st-century right what the Soviet Union was to the 20th-century left. Conservatives have transformed it into a Tory Disneyland where every dream comes true. On the shores of the […]
Young people resume global climate strikes calling for urgent action
by Fiona Harvey (Sweden | The Guardian) on September 25, 2020
Greta Thunberg leads protests as Covid rules restrict numbers compared with last year School pupils, youth activists and communities around the world have turned out for a day of climate strikes, intended to underscore the urgency of the climate crisis even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.Social distancing and other Covid-19 control measures […]
What lessons can Europe learn from Sweden's Covid-19 experience?
by Jon Henley Europe correspondent (Sweden | The Guardian) on September 25, 2020
Experts say that while contested ‘light touch’ response warrants study each country must find right approach for themCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEU governments that locked down are increasingly emulating the one that did not, but experts warn that Sweden’s Covid approach, relying more on voluntary compliance than […]
As Covid cases rise again, how are countries in Europe reacting?
by European correspondents (Sweden | The Guardian) on September 23, 2020
Tighter measures are being imposed, but they vary across the continent Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading...
11 Swedish superstars in sports
by Sweden.se (sweden.se) on September 22, 2020
In alphabetical order, from golfer Anna Nordqvist to footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović, here are 11 shining Swedish sports stars of today. The post 11 Swedish superstars in sports appeared first on sweden.se.
Don’t ignore Sweden in Covid-19 lessons | Letter
by Letters (Sweden | The Guardian) on September 21, 2020
The Swedish health agencies had clear and consistent guidelines from the start. But they also have a sensible population, notes David ReedSorry to see no mention of Sweden or other Nordic countries in your roundup of global actions on Covid-19 (Covid test and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?, 18 September). You ran a report earlier in the […]
Elderly care in Sweden
by Sweden.se (sweden.se) on June 14, 2020
Sweden’s population is ageing, so providing good elderly care becomes increasingly important. Many elderly Swedes are in good health and most live in their own homes, but the country is preparing for a future where one in four Swedes is 65 years or older. The post Elderly care in Sweden appeared first on sweden.se.
The Swedish monarchy
by Sweden.se (sweden.se) on May 29, 2020
In 1980, Sweden became the first monarchy to change its succession rites so that the first-born child of the monarch is heir to the throne, regardless of gender. Heir apparent to the Swedish throne is Crown Princess Victoria. The post The Swedish monarchy appeared first on sweden.se.
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by Sweden.se (sweden.se) on May 27, 2020
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The Nobel Prize – awarding great minds
by Sweden.se (sweden.se) on May 14, 2020
In October every year, the Nobel Prize winners of that year are announced in Sweden and Norway. Then, in December, the award is celebrated in Stockholm and Oslo. The post The Nobel Prize – awarding great minds appeared first on sweden.se.
Healthcare in Sweden
by Sweden.se (sweden.se) on May 5, 2020
Healthcare in Sweden is largely tax-funded, a system that ensures everyone has equal access to healthcare services. Challenges include funding, quality and efficiency. The post Healthcare in Sweden appeared first on sweden.se.
Sweden and corona – in brief
by Sweden.se (sweden.se) on April 3, 2020
Countries choose different approaches to fight the coronavirus and limit the spread of Covid-19. Here’s a brief summary of how Sweden handles the pandemic. The post Sweden and corona – in brief appeared first on sweden.se.
10 Swedish superwomen
by Clara Henry (sweden.se) on March 6, 2020
An entrepreneur, a princess and the teen who might save the world – that’s three of the Superswedes on this list. Behold – 10 extraordinary achievers to inspire you! The post 10 Swedish superwomen appeared first on sweden.se.
Family-friendly life the Swedish way
by Sweden.se (sweden.se) on February 21, 2020
Swedish income taxes are high compared with most countries. A large share goes into providing a work–life balance within society. The idea is that everyone contributes so that society can offer family-friendly solutions for everyday life. The post Family-friendly life the Swedish way appeared first on sweden.se.
20 things to know before moving to Sweden
by Lola Akinmade Åkerström (sweden.se) on November 18, 2019
Preparing yourself for Sweden may include understanding a few societal norms that are distinctly Swedish – some quite basic, others more subtle. When you’re invited home to a Swede, you’d better be on time and take your shoes off… The post 20 things to know before moving to Sweden appeared first on sweden.se.