Sweden

Joined the European union on November 19, 1946

History

Fourteen thousand years ago, present day Sweden was covered in ice caps. As the ice caps melted, humans came to Sweden. Sweden used to be part of Denmark, but earned its independence on June 6.

Geography

Sweden is a country in Northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula. It borders Norway to the west; Finland to the northeast; and the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia to the east and south.

Physical features

Because Sweden was iced over a long time ago, when the ice melted it created many islands, lakes, rivers, and streams. They have beautiful snow covered mountains and thick forests.

Flag of Sweden

Sweden's flag was adopted on June 22, 1906, but its design is hundreds of years old. The Swedish flag is blue with a yellow Scandinavian cross. The colors are from Sweden's national coat of arms and the design is from the Danish flag.

Flag day in Sweden is celebrated every year on June 6.

Government type

Swedens government is a constitutional monarchy. The current king is Carl XVI Gustaf, the queen is Silvia Sommerlath, and the prime minister is Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Flag day

Saturday, June 6th 2015 at 12am

Sweden

Happy flag day

Tourism

Tanum- a site of centuries old rock carvings, which resemble figure drawings. The drawings date back to the Bronze Age of Europe. This site is a beautiful place to visit and is very good if you want to learn about the daily life of ancient humans.

Currency

Sweden uses the Swedish krona. 1 U.S. dollar equals 7.69 Swedish kronas.

FUN FACTS

  • Sweden has 101,000 lakes
  • Sweden has the highest number of nuclear plants
  • Sweden ranks second in Europe in terms of technological achievement