Facts About Sweden.

facts about sweden

Interesting facts about Sweden is what we’re going to learn today in this article.

A good number of people only know vaguely about Sweden due to sport activities or ceremonial events. However, there are quite a number of stimulating legacies that characterize Sweden. Sweden is situated in Northern Europe and is part of Scandinavia. It is bordered by Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark via a land bridge. The country is the third largest country in the European Union by area, but only is a home to 9.5 million people, making its one of the lowest population density. Sweden’s capital is Stockholm and Christianity is the predominant religion as it is practiced by over 7 million of its population. The second largest religion in Sweden is Islam. Sweden’s flag is light blue, with a yellow cross spanning across the entire horizontal flag. These and many more Sweden facts as shared below are enough to spike curiosity in everyone who wants to learn some facts about the beautiful country of Sweden. 

Check out facts about Sweden that shows that Sweden is the best bet for travel blogging, vacation or international studies:

  1. Sweden’s nominal per capita GDP is $56,956.
  2. Their main exports include telecommunications, engineering products, vehicles and pharmaceuticals. Agriculture only accounts for 2% of the country’s GDP.
  3. The economy of Sweden is largely based on exports and manufacturing. They have a very small business service sector of their economy that they are working to increase.
  4. Volvo, IKEA, and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB are three of the largest companies in Sweden.
  5. Their imports include oil, machinery, chemicals and food products.
  6. Sweden’s government is a unitary parliamentary representative democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The Monarch is run by King Carl XVI Gustaf.
  7. 2 million people living in Sweden are teenagers under the age of 18.
  8. Moose, lynx, bears and wolves can be found in the wild throughout Sweden. Most of the indigenous animals are thriving there, and even expanding their territories.
  9. Sweden has claimed armed neutrality for two centuries. This means that they don’t take sides in any world war, and have not been involved in a war for two centuries.
  10. All children have access to free education. Everyone in the country has access to free health care and many other social programs that the government sponsors.
  11. Large, green forests cover half of Sweden, while the rest of the country is dotted with over 100,000 lakes. 24,000 islands also make up the country, and all Swedish people are able to visit these islands through free public transportation.
  12. Sweden is only 977 miles wide at its widest point.
  13. The Northern Lights can be seen every fall and spring all throughout Sweden.
  14. Sweden was the first European country to create a National Park due to the Swedes’ love for nature and wildlife.
  15. Many Swedish festivals and traditions are tied into the changing of the seasons.
  16. Walpurgis Eve is celebrated every April 30th. It is the day before summer begins. Swedes celebrate the day by building bonfires and singing songs late into the night in order to signify that the cold and dark winter is over.
  17. Easter is celebrated each year in a very colorful fashion. People dress in bright clothes, attend church, and celebrate by painting eggs, decorating trees with neon colored feathers and having family time.
  18. All property in Sweden that is not own by the military or that is not fenced in is available for people to hike through, and even camp on for one night.
  19. The government shut down all of the nuclear plants in the country due to environmental reasons after seeing the Chernobyl disaster.
  20. Until 1544, Sweden elected their kings. In 1544, the parliament changed the rules so that the crown would simply be passed down to the King’s descendants.
  21. The welfare system was developed in the 1930s. All Swedes have free access to health care, child care, elder care and education. It also gives citizens five paid vacation weeks per year, and helps the unemployed.
  22. Sweden is one of the only members of the European Union that does not use the Euro. They maintained their natural currency. 
  23. Albert Nobel, the man who the Nobel Prize is named for, invented dynamite in Sweden.
  24. Fathers can take leave from work whenever their wives have babies in order to help at home and to take parenting classes. 
  25. All companies are legally required to offer their workers free massages while at work.
  26. Taxes comprise 50-70% of the Sweden’s income.
  27. There are over 95,000 lakes in Sweden.
  28. Over 50% of Sweden’s energy comes from renewable energy sources.
  29. Over half of Sweden’s land is covered in forests.
  30. Sweden joined the European Union in 1995.
  31. Swiss runs Sweden’s Twitter account. Every week, a new citizen takes over the official social networking page for the country.

The above facts list are some of the most interestingly unknown facts about Sweden that you should know or anyone who’s been researching on learning new things that make the country of Sweden beautiful. What other unique facts about Sweden do you think we omitted from the list on interesting Sweden facts? Do share such facts with us.

Let’s look at some of the most frequently asked questions about Sweden that many people have been asking, these frequently asked questions about Sweden will be answered in the following section.

FAQ

  • What are some fun facts about Sweden?

Below are some fun facts about Sweden you probably missed

  1. Sweden offers its 480 paid parental leave days.
  2. Over 86% of the country’s population live in cities.
  3. An average Swede work 1611 hours a year.
  4. Over 52% of the country’s energy generation is from renewable energy.
  5. There over 20,000 Sami people living in Sweden.
  6. Over 20 million Semlor is consumed in Sweden yearly.
  • What are 5 interesting facts about Sweden?

Some interesting facts about Sweden are

  1. Sweden is the 4th largest country in Europe.
  2. Sweden offers its 480 paid parental leave days.
  3. Over 86% of the country’s population live in cities.
  4. An average Swede work 1611 hours a year.
  5. Sweden is a kingdom hence it is officially known as The Kingdom Of Sweden.
  • What is Sweden famous for?

The country of Sweden is famous for many things such as;

  1. The largest consumers and bakers of Semla bun.
  2. ABBA is from Sweden.
  3. Spotify is a Swedish company.
  4. The Ice hotel.
  5. Some of the cleanest city.
  6. Very progressive laws and conservative population.
  • How long is Sweden?

Sweden is 1,574 kilometers long, that is about 971 miles long.

  • Who is the most famous person from Sweden?

Below are the most people from Sweden that we know;

  1. Greta Thunberg.
  2. PewDiePie, a popular YouTuber and comedian.
  3. Avicii(late) popular musician and DJ.
  4. Founders of The Pirate Bay.
  • What foods is Sweden famous for?

Sweden is famous for the following foods;

  1. Humanskost.
  2. Kanelbulle.
  3. Filmjölk.
  4. Oat milk latte.
  5. Toast Skagen
  • Who Rules Sweden?

Sweden is a kingdom and is ruled by a king, the present king of Sweden is King Karl XVI Gustaf.

  • How did Sweden get its name?

Sweden got its name from the Svea tribe hence Sweden is written as “Sveden”. The Svea tribe were powerful and popular around 500 AD. Swedes call Sweden ‘Sverige’ meaning the ‘land of the sea‘.

  • What are some bad things about Sweden?

Some bad things about Sweden you might want to know are;

  1. The weather. Extremely cold and too much darkness during winters.
  2. No consumer choice when you intend buying almost anything.
  3. Subtle racism towards immigrants
  4. The Swedes are not very friendly to strangers.
  • What is Sweden’s national animal?

Sweden’s national animal is the Eurasian Elk/Moose.

  • What’s the best thing about Sweden?

The best thing about Sweden is the so many benefits such as free health care and free school.

  • What do Swedish people love?

Swedish people love the Swede made coffee.

  • What religion are Swedes?

Christianity is the largest religion in Sweden with over 46% of the population, other religions include Islam and Atheism.

  • What has Sweden given the world?

Sweden has given the world the following;

  1. Spotify.
  2. IKEA.
  3. PewDiePied.
  4. Avicii(late).
  5. Oat meal.
  • What sport is popular in Sweden?

Football(soccer) is the most popular sport in Sweden.

  • Who founded Sweden?

Sweden was founded by Gustav Vasa.