Sweden

by: Mady Wirick

Demographics

Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of over 9.8 million. July temperature in Sweden average 13 to 17°C. February is usually Sweden's coldest month, with temperatures from - 22 to -3°C. In northern Sweden, winter temperatures often drop to -30°C, sometimes even lower.

An average income for a Swedish family is $26,242. Only one percent of Swedes work very long hours.

Sweden's tourist sites include the Vasa Museum the Millesgarden, and the World Heritage Site Drottingholm Palace Theatre; other tourist attractions include Sweden's art, literature, modernism and music. Many tourists visit Sweden during summer when the temperatures are higher. Especially Skåne and the central/south coasts of Sweden with its sandy beaches

Cultural Info

since the early 90's, the Swedish establishment has very deliberately embraced feminist, anti-racist, progressive and anti-fascist stances and views. Swedish society and its culture is concerned with the welfare and well-being of others, both within and without Sweden.

80% of the music in Sweden's top 40 is from america.

Interesting facts:

-There is a considerable gap between the richest and poorest – the top 20 percent of the population earn more than four times as much as the bottom 20 percent

-95 percent of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water

-Ninety-two percent of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in time of need

Political Information

In Sweden, general elections are held every four years, with the last one held in September 2014. Around 7 million people are entitled to vote and thereby influence which political party will represent them in the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament), county councils and municipalities. People can also influence Swedish politics in other ways – by taking part in referendums, joining a political party or commenting on reports presented by the Government.

History

The Viking Age (800–1050 AD) was characterized by a significant expansion of activity, in Sweden’s case largely toward the east. Many Viking expeditions set off from Sweden to both plunder and trade along the Baltic coast and the rivers that stretched deep into present-day Russia.

Tourism

The Vasa museum is the most popular tourist attraction. The Vasa Museum is a maritime museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the island of Dijugården, the museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on Her maiden voyage in 1628.

The food

Swedish cuisine could be described as centered around cultured dairy products, crisp and soft (often sugared) breads, berries and stone fruits, beef, chicken, lamb, pork and seafood. Potatoes are often served as a side dish, often boiled. Swedish cuisine has a huge variety of breads of different shapes and sizes, made of rye, wheat, oat, white, dark, sourdough, and whole grain, and including flatbreads and crisp breads.