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Sweden Geographical Information
Sweden (full name: Konungariket Sverige or Kingdom of Sweden) is the biggest country in Scandinavia, covering an area of 450,000 sq km. It borders Finland to its northeast and Norway to its west. The dominant characteristics of the landscape can be attributed to glacial activity. The 7000 km-long (4330mi) coastline, particularly in the west and near Stockholm, is constantly cut by fjords (long, narrow sea inlets). There are about 100,000 lakes in Sweden. The islands of Öland and Gotland, south of Stockholm, consist of flat limestone, but they're sand-fringed and have been turned into beachy retreats for urban escapees. Norrland (a practical term for the northern 60% of the country) is sparsely populated, comprising a near uniform expanse of forest, river and rapid. Norway provides a natural frontier to the west on the other side of Skanderna, Sweden's modest mountain range. Sweden's highest peak is the glacier-capped northern peak of Mt. Kebnekaise at 2111m (6924ft).

The south and southwest of the country are gently undulating, picturesque holiday lands, and fringed with some of Europe's finest beaches. The west coast harbours a host of historic ports – Gothenburg, Helsingborg and Malmö, which is now linked by bridge to Copenhagen – while off the southeast coast, the Baltic islands of Öland and Gotland are the country's most hyped resorts, supporting a lazy beach-life to match that of the best southern European spots but without the hotel blocks and crowds.
Stockholm, the capital, is the country's supreme attraction, a bundle of islands housing monumental architecture, fine museums and the country's most active culture and nightlife.

Note that some of the information (gas prices!) can be outdated since we made this page after visiting the country for the last time!
Official name
Konungariket Sverige (Kingdom of Sweden)

Area
449,964 sq km (10x Holland)

Number of inhabitants
8,878,085 (July 2003 est.)

Population density
19 people per square kilometer

Capital
Stockholm

Monetary unit
Swedish krona (SEK); The Swedes turned the Euro down in a referendum in September 2003. One crown is about € 0.11. € 1 = 9 SEK.. (1 € = $ 1.24; 1 Dollar = € 0.7; Rate in Jan. 2009)

Fuel prices Gas:
€ 1.00 to € 1.20; Diesel: € 0.80; LPG: € 0.60

License plate of cars
S

Telephone country prefix
46

Internet country code
se

Time difference
GMT+1; the same as in Holland

Road network
The roads are in good shape

Prices in general
Sweden is more expensive than Holland

The best in Austria
We liked Stockholm, but also the lakes and the tundras in the north. And all the woods...


MAJOR EVENTS:

April: Walpurgis Night (Spring festival featuring bonfires and song. Strong student traditions surround the Walpurgis Night)

June: Midsummer's Eve (Originally a pagan festival, celebrated today with maypoles and feasting)

June: The Hultsfred Festival (Sweden's largest rock music event)

July: Stockholm Jazz Festival

November: Advent

December: Lucia Day (Swedish festival of lights, celebrating the life of St. Lucia).

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