Sweden

Christianity

Languages

Swedes speak Swedish - a Germanic languages that is kind of the same as Danish & Norwegian & more similar to Icelandic. It came from Old Norse, the Vikings also spoke this type of language Swedish emerged as a distinct language around the 10th century, but speakers of Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian can still understand each other.

Religion

Sweden, is a highly secular society. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution. Most Swedes (about 87 percent) are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church but rarely attend church services.The Lutheran Church still enjoys limited support from the state Now all church decisions are made by church leaders rather than the government.





Traditions

Sweden is one of the few countries in the world where most retail stores, at least in cities, are open all week. Laws regulating activities on Sundays were abolished during the late 20th century.Many Swedish children are allowed to eat sweets only on Saturday, also known as ("Saturday Candy"). Swedish alcohol habits vary greatly during the week - Swedes expect each other to be completely sober during work hours (even one beer for lunch is taboo), but many people drink heavily during weekends.New Years is celebrated with fireworks, starting at midnight on New Year's Day, and sparkling wine and lots of snacks, usually after a shellfish dinner late on New Year's Eve.


Art & Music

The music of Sweden tradition of Nordic folk dance music with its neighboring countries in northern Europe, including, polka, & Schottische, waltz , & mazurka. A Swedish artist, Dede, was so successful in Japan in the late 1990's that she inspired a collectible doll, Danes and Norwegians listening to music in Swedish rather than the other way around. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, Scandinavian death metal bands became very popular with the international heavy metal community.


Economy

The economy of Sweden is usually involved in the trading business Sweden is a highly competitive capitalist economy featuring a generous, universal welfare state financed through relatively high income taxes that ensures that income is going across the entire society, a model sometimes called the Nordic model Approximately 90% of all resources and companies are privately owned, with at least 5% owned by the state and another 5% operating as either consumer or producer cooperatives Sweden has achieved a high standard of living under a mixed system of high-tech capitalism and extensive welfare benefits. Sweden has the second highest total tax revenue behind Denmark, as a share of the country's income. As of 2012, total tax revenue was 44.2% of GDP, down from 48.3% in 2006.