449,964 sq km (173,731 sq mi)
Population (2009 est.):
Capital and largest city (2003 est.):
Stockholm- 1,622,300 (metro. area)
Other large cities:
Göteborg - 506,600; Malmö - 245,300; Uppsala - 127,300
Swedish, small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
Lutheran 87%, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist
GMT+1; DST: GMT+2 (from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)
AC 230V/50Hz; European plugs with two round pins are the standard
Sweden (Swedish: Sverige) is a Scandinavian country in the Northern Europe, occupying eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Sweden borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast, and it is connected to Denmark by the Öresund Bridge in the south.
The western part of the country is dominated by Kjólen Mountains at the Norwegian border. The mountains extend to the north, into the Arctic Circle. The highest point is Kebnekaise at 2,123 m (6,965 ft), situated in Swedish Lapland in the north. The terrain east and south of the mountains changes to lowlands in the center of Sweden. The Baltic Sea coast is mostly rocky, chopped up by bays and inlets. Sweden also has many islands on the Baltic Sea, from which the largest ones are Gotland and Öland. The lake Vänern, located in central Sweden, is the largest lake in Northern Europe and the third largest in Europe.
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