A wise traveler never despises his own country.
— Carlo Goldoni, 1707 - 1793




A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both World Wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system interlarded with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.


For other places with the same name, see Sweden (disambiguation).

Sweden (Sverige) is the largest of the Nordic countries in Northern Europe, with a population of about 9.3 million. It borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark via the bridge of Öresund (Öresundsbron). The Baltic Sea lies to the east of Sweden, as well as the Gulf of Bothnia, which separates Sweden from most of Finland.

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SwedenRenaissance Malmö Hotel 

Maester Johansgatan 15
Malmo 211 21

Price (US$): $238 - $602 / night

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Location. Renaissance Malmö Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in Malmo's Centrum neighborhood, close to Lilla Torg, Malmo Town Hall, and Malmo Concert and Congress Hall. Additional points of interest include Malmo Library and Stortorget. Hotel Features. Renaissance Malmö Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves full breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 5 star property… more »

SwedenElite Plaza Hotel Göteborg 

Vaestra Hamngatan 3
Gothenburg 411 17

Price (US$): $214 - $324 / night

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Location. Elite Plaza Hotel Göteborg is a business friendly hotel located in Gothenburg's Inom Vallgraven neighborhood, close to City Museum, Gothenburg Town Hall, and Gustav Adolf Square. Additional points of interest include Brunnsparken and Jarntorget. Hotel Features. Dining options at Elite Plaza Hotel Göteborg include 2 restaurants. 2 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast. Recreational… more »

SwedenHotel Diplomat 

Strandvagen 7c
Stockholm 114 56

Price (US$): $214 - $407 / night

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Location. Hotel Diplomat is located in Stockholm's Central Stockholm neighborhood, close to Royal Dramatic Theater, National Museum, and Royal Swedish Opera. Nearby points of interest also include Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Vasa Museum. Hotel Features. Hotel Diplomat's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility. This 4.5 star property has a… more »

SwedenRadisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm 

Vasagatan 1
Stockholm 101 24

Price (US$): $231 - $774 / night

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Location. Located in central Stockholm, Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Klara Kyrka, Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, and Sergels Torg. Additional points of interest include Stockholm City Hall and Stockholm City Conference Centre. Hotel Features. Dining options at Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm include 2 restaurants. 2 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel… more »


Sodra Blasieholmshamnen 8
P.O. BOX 16424
Stockholm SE-103 27

Price (US$): $402 - $2322 / night

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Rich in history and tradition, built in 1874 Prime location in Stockholm by the waterfront facing the Royal Palace and the Old Town Known for its high service level and standards Scandinavias leading 5 star luxury hotel Only member in Sweden of The Leading Hotels of the World Each room with destinctive decor and its own colourful history Fine dining Mathias Dahlgren was awarded two Michelin stars 2011, and Mathias Dahlgren Food Bar was awarded one star 2011 Nordic Spa and Fitness The Cadier… more »

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Full name
Kingdom of Sweden

Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, Kattegat, and Skagerrak, between Finland and Norway

Geographic coordinates

62 00 N, 15 00 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than California

Border countries

Finland 614 km, Norway 1,619 km


3,218 km


temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in north


mostly flat or gently rolling lowlands; mountains in west

Lowest point

reclaimed bay of Lake Hammarsjon, near Kristianstad -2.4 m

Highest point

Kebnekaise 2,111 m

Natural resources

iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver, tungsten, uranium, arsenic, feldspar, timber, hydropower


9,074,055 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

indigenous population Swedes with Finnish and Sami minorities; foreign-born or first-generation immigrants Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks


Lutheran 87%, other (includes Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist) 13%


Swedish (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities

Government type

constitutional monarchy


6 June 1523 (Gustav VASA elected king)

National holiday

Swedish Flag Day, 6 June (1916); National Day, 6 June (1983)

Chief of state

King CARL XVI GUSTAF (since 19 September 1973); Heir Apparent Princess VICTORIA Ingrid Alice Desiree, daughter of the monarch (born 14 July 1977)

Head of government

Prime Minister Fredrik REINFELDT (since 5 October 2006); Deputy Prime Minister Jan BJORKLUND (since 5 October 2010)

Internet country code


Internet users

8.398 million (2009)


249 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Brofjorden, Goteborg, Helsingborg, Karlshamn, Lulea, Malmo, Stockholm, Trelleborg, Visby

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