Sweden

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Overview

Sweden is a Scandinavian county in Northern Europe. Sweden has 25 provinces. The provinces are grouped together into three larger lands: northern (Norrland), central (Svealand) and southern (Götaland). Swedish is the official language in Sweden, but several other languages are spoken there. In 2013, Sweden's population was 9.593 million.

Swedish History

Sweden's history started around 14 thousand years ago. Sweden was covered with a thick layer of ice. As the ice melted humans started inhabiting the area. The first recorded area of a dwelling place was in the South. Soon Sweden was populated by hunters, gatherers, and fishermen who used only simple stone tools. Many of the dwelling places and graves dated back to the Stone Age.
Swedish National Anthem - "Du Gamla, Du Fria" (SV/EN)

Our Lady's Day

On March 25th, 'Our Lady's Day' is celebrated throughout Sweden. It is a public holiday celebrating the first day of spring. On 'Our Lady's Day,' people all over Sweden eat waffles with butter and jam. March 25th also marks another holiday: Waffle Day.

Midsummer

Wednesday, June 24th, 12am

Public Parks, Gardens, Summer Cottages

Midsummer is basically a never-ending lunch party that is the most important Swedish holiday of the year apart from Christmas. This tradition is held on June 24th, but now the Midsummer Eve can be held anywhere between June 20th to 25th. Midsummer can be celebrated at public parks, gardens, cottages, anywhere in Sweden will do as long as it is outdoors! Midsummer welcomes one and all, men, woman and children of all ages!
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