|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
Swedish postage stamp celebrates work of Greta Thunberg
by Jon Henley (Sweden | The Guardian) on January 13, 2021
Illustration of activist is part of a series highlighting government’s environmental quality goalsThe environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been featured on a new Swedish postage stamp, in recognition of her work to “preserve Sweden’s unique nature for future generations”.Thunberg, who turned 18 on 3 January, is pictured standing on a rocky […]
One alcoholic drink a day raises risk of irregular heartbeat
by Ian Sample Science editor (Sweden | The Guardian) on January 13, 2021
Researchers examined heart health and drinking habits of 108,000 people aged 24 to 97 over 14 years Having one small alcoholic drink a day raises the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, a condition that causes dizziness and palpitations and leaves people more prone to strokes, a study has found.Researchers examined the heart health and drinking […]
Swedish court sentences pair for hammer attack on Chechen blogger
by Associated Press in Stockholm (Sweden | The Guardian) on January 11, 2021
Tumso Abdurakhmanov, an outspoken critic of Ramzan Kadyrov, survived murder attempt in SwedenA Swedish court has sentenced a man and a woman to 10 and eight years in prison respectively for attempted murder and accessory to attempted murder in a hammer attack on a blogger and critic of the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.The pair, who were not named by the […]
As parts of UK enter third Covid lockdown, how does rest of Europe compare?
by Jon Henley and Guardian correspondents (Sweden | The Guardian) on January 5, 2021
Rules vary from country to country but many European nations face severe restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAfter a brief and partial relaxation of the rules over Christmas and New Year, many continental European countries have returned to the tough anti-Covid regimes that were imposed this autumn – with some […]
Greta Thunberg at 18: 'I'm not telling anyone what to do'
by Haroon Siddique (Sweden | The Guardian) on January 3, 2021
Environmental activist says she has stopped buying new clothes but will not criticise those who fly or have childrenGreta Thunberg says she has stopped buying new clothes but does not sit in judgment on others whose lifestyle choices are less environmentally friendly than her own, in an interview to mark her 18th birthday.Thunberg, whose solo school strike […]
Now the Swedish model has failed, it's time to ask who was pushing it | Peter Geoghegan
by Peter Geoghegan (Sweden | The Guardian) on January 3, 2021
A light-touch approach to Covid-19 doesn’t work. But that didn’t stop pundits and thinktanks from advocating it for the UKCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen future historians come to write the story of Britain’s chaotic pandemic response, one question in particular will surely puzzle them: why, as the UK experienced one […]
Swedish women's champions Göteborg to survive after fresh investment
by Associated Press (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 31, 2020
Team had been dissolved despite recent title win Club ‘overwhelmed’ by response from investorsJust two days after the Swedish women’s champions announced their dissolution, Kopparbergs/Göteborg are back.The club received an “overwhelming” response from potential investors after announcing that they could no longer compete financially with major […]
'It's tragic': Swedish women's champions dissolved after title win
by Suzanne Wrack (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 29, 2020
Nine internationals suddenly without a club‘I’m shocked and sad,’ says Elin RubenssonThe champions of the Swedish women’s league, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, have dissolved their senior side and all players have been released from their contracts just over a month after winning a first league title.The decision to fold the senior side was made by the […]
Spain, Sweden and Canada report cases of UK Covid variant
by Jedidajah Otte (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 27, 2020
Four people recently arrived from UK test positive for variant in Madrid, one in Sweden and two in CanadaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSpain, Sweden and Canada have joined the growing list of countries to have reported cases of the more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Britain.Four cases of the variant have […]
UK watchdog bans Klarna Covid shopping advert
by Mark Sweney (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 23, 2020
Instagram campaign deemed ‘irresponsible’ for urging people to cheer themselves up via ‘buy now, pay later’ serviceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s advertising watchdog has banned an Instagram influencer campaign by Klarna for “irresponsibly” encouraging customers to use the “buy now, pay later” […]
Will Dean: 'The whole book came to me between midnight and 6am'
by Alison Flood (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 22, 2020
The Tuva Moodyson author on his tense new thriller The Last Thing to Burn and why he has abandoned the UK for life in the Swedish woodsAppropriately enough for the author of one of the most horrifyingly compulsive thrillers you’ll read in 2021 – I stayed up until 2am to finish it, and then reread the ending in the morning because I’d read it so fast […]
As Covid death toll soars ever higher, Sweden wonders who to blame
by Richard Orange in Malmö (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 20, 2020
Champions of herd immunity once lauded the Nordic refuseniks. All that has changed nowCoronavirus - latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“Thanks for reminding me,” Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell replied deadpan when the Observer asked in late March how he handled the knowledge that he would be to blame if Sweden’s decision to […]
Sweden looks to change law so 1994 ferry disaster can be re-examined
by AFP in Stockholm (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 18, 2020
New documentary questions findings of original investigation into cause of sinking in Baltic Sea that claimed 852 livesSweden will seek to lift a ban on inspections of the wreck of the Estonia ferry that sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994 with the loss of 852 lives in one of the worst maritime disasters of the 20th century.The Swedish Accident Investigation […]
King of Sweden blasts country's 'failed' coronavirus response
by Jon Henley Europe correspondent (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 17, 2020
Criticism of anti-lockdown stance comes as hospitals struggle to cope with surge in casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe king of Sweden has said the country has failed in its response to Covid-19, as hospitals in the Stockholm region warned they were struggling to cope with a surge in cases and polls showed public […]
King of Sweden says country 'failed' in its Covid response – video
by (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 17, 2020
The king of Sweden said his country's handling of the coronavirus pandemic had been a failure and sharply criticised policies partly blamed for a high death toll among elderly people.Carl XVI Gustaf used an annual royal Christmas television address to highlight the growing impact of the virus as hospitals in the Stockholm region warned they were […]
Swedish PM says officials misjudged power of Covid resurgence
by AP in Stockholm (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 15, 2020
Major report finds nation failed to protect elderly and criticises response to the pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth officials in Sweden, which opted not to respond to the first wave of Covid-19 with a national lockdown, misjudged the power of the virus’s resurgence, the country’s prime minister has said, as […]
How we feel about the rich depends on how they got so wealthy | Torsten Bell
by Torsten Bell (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 13, 2020
Research reveals that dissatisfacton over inequality varies between countries according to whether affluence is derived from capital or incomeIt’s the nature, not just the level, of your inequality that matters. How a country feels is about differences in income between rich and poor, but also how the sources of that income differ.That’s the useful […]
Swedes' support for anti-lockdown stance slips amid rising Covid deaths
by Jon Henley Europe correspondent (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 3, 2020
News comes as PM says high schools will switch to distance learning for rest of termCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSupport for Sweden’s government and public confidence in authorities’ ability to handle the coronavirus crisis are sliding as the country’s anti-lockdown approach continues to be tested by mounting numbers […]
Swedish-Iranian scientist faces 'imminent risk of execution' in Iran
by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 1, 2020
Ahmadreza Djalali had been sentenced to death on espionage chargesA Swedish-Iranian scientist sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges may face execution as early as Wednesday, human rights groups and his wife have warned.Ahmadreza Djalali was due to be taken from Evin prison to Rajai Shahr prison on Tuesday, a normal preliminary to an execution. […]
Swedish police arrest woman suspected of confining son for decades
by Jon Henley (Sweden | The Guardian) on December 1, 2020
Woman, whose adult son is being treated in hospital, held on suspicion of illegal detention and grievous bodily harmStockholm police have arrested a woman suspected of keeping her 41-year-old son confined to their flat for almost three decades, police and local media have said.Emma Olsson, a public prosecutor in charge of the preliminary investigation, said […]
Sweden – the first cashless society?
by Alexander Maxia (sweden.se) on November 27, 2020
Swedish society is becoming ever more cashless. It has to do with practicality, openness to change and a thriving tech scene. Is technology – including microchips under your skin – about to make cash a thing of the past in Sweden? The post Sweden – the first cashless society? appeared first on sweden.se.
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.
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.
The livestream has ended – thank you for watching!
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.