Sweden is one of Europe’s largest countries in area. However, it is also one of Europe’s most thinly populated countries. Forests cover more than half of Sweden’s land. Only about a tenth of the country is farmland. The northernmost part of Sweden lies inside the Arctic Circle in a region of continuous cold called the Land of the Midnight Sun. The region has that name because for periods during the summer, the sun shines 24 hours a day.
Sweden has become the epitome of all things stylish. Sprinkled across 14 islands, Stockholm is Europe’s most elegant city.
For a glimpse of Europe’s best-preserved wilderness, venture north to Lapland, where you can indulge in mountain climbing, hiking, fishing, shooting rapids, cross-country and downhill skiing and dog sledding.
The climate of Sweden varies greatly between the southern and northern parts of the country. Southwesterly winds from the Atlantic Ocean give southern Sweden pleasant summers and mostly mild winters. In contrast, the northern part of the country has pleasant summers but cold winters. The Atlantic winds are blocked by the Kolen Mountains, and therefore have less effect on northern Sweden.
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POPULATION: 9 million
CURRENCY: Swedish Krona
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +46
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1