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Introduction:
A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war in almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both World Wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system interlarded with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 by the global economic downturn, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.


Official name: Kingdom of Sweden
Capital: name: Stockholm
geographic coordinates: 59 20 N, 18 03 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Government type: constitutional monarchy
Population: 9,031,088 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Swedish, small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
Official Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK)

Current Swedish Krona Exchange Rates
Historical Swedish Krona Exchange Rates
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Currency code: SEK
Area: total: 449,964 sq km
land: 410,934 sq km
water: 39,030 sq km
Climate: temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in north


Map of Sweden
map of Sweden


Facts at a Glance: Geography - People - Government - Economy - Communications - Transportation - Military - Climate - Current Time - Ranking Positions - Swedish Krona Exchange Rates
Notes and Commentary: People - Economy - Government and Political Conditions - Historical Highlights - Foreign Relations - Relations with U.S.



Facts at a Glance
Geography
People
Government
Economy
Communications
Transportation
Military
Climate
Current Time
Ranking Positions
Swedish Krona Exchange Rates


Notes and Commentary
People
Economy
Government and Political Conditions
Historical Highlights
Foreign Relations
Relations with U.S.





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