Quick Facts

  • Officially the Kingdom of Sweden
  • Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries
  • Sweden has a low population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometer, with the population mostly concentrated in the southern half of the country
  • Sweden has been a member of the EU since 1995, and is a member of the OECD
  •  Climate: temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in the north
  • Indigenous population: Swedes with Finnish and Sami minorities; forgein-born or first generation immigrants: Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks
  • Language: Swedish (official), small Sami and Finnish speaking minorities
  • Religions: Lutheran 87%, other (includes Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist) 13%
  • Population: 9.1 million
  • The capital of Sweden is Stockholm
  • Literacy Rate: 99%
  • GDP per capita: $56,956
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Unitary parliamentary representative democracy

  • Monarch: King Carl XVI Gustaf
  • Prime Minister: Fredrik Reinfeldt
  • Speaker of the Riksdag: Per Westerberg

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 81.18 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 5 deaths/100,000 live births
  • According to the UN, Sweden has the third lowest infant mortality rate in the world: 2.71/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 3.583/1,000 population
  • Population with HIV/AIDS: 0.1%
  • Obesity rate: 12%
  • Risk of infectious disease: LOW
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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