Sweden

Sweden

Surprisingly, the climate of Sweden is much milder than expected even though it has a northerly latitude. Sweden, like all Scandinavian countries, is located on the western coast of the continent of Eurasia. Western coasts around the world are usually warmer than their eastern counterparts. This is due to the earth’s rotation and in Sweden’s case the warming effects of the Gulf Stream. Of course, this isn’t true for the entire country since 15% of Sweden is location above the Arctic Circle. With half its landmass covered in forests, Sweden is a country of great natural beauty. To see some of its beauty, be sure to check out all three videos below.

Here is a beautiful, 4-minute video called the Sound of Sweden. Here’s a 2-minute video featuring the beauty of Sweden and a bit of Hans Zimmer music. Here’s a magical, 5-minute video also of the beauty of Sweden, but this time through all four seasons. 

FunFacts about Sweden: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.4 million has a foreign background. (Source)
  • Sweden lies west of the Baltic Sea.
  • 15% of Sweden’s land mass lies north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Stockholm is the capital of Sweden.
  • The population of Sweden is around 10 million.
  • The southern part of Sweden is mostly agricultural while the north is heavily forested.
  • Sweden is a constitutional monarchy with a monarch as head of state. It is also a parliamentary democracy.
  • Germanic peoples have lived in Sweden since prehistoric times and emerged millennia later as Norsemen.
  • Sweden’s Viking Age lasted from the 8th to the 11th centuries. 
  • The Swedish Vikings were called ‘Rus’ and are believed to be the founding fathers of ‘Kievan Rus’. Ukraine, Russia and Belarus all claim the Kievan Rus as their cultural ancestors.
  • As many as a million Swedes emigrated to American during the late 1800s and early 1900s because of famine. Sweden’s population had doubled in the 100 years prior, but the state hadn’t industrialized sufficiently to meet the needs of its people.
  • Today, Sweden is the 7th richest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita (Gross Domestic Product).
  • Timber, hydro power and iron ore are the resource base for Sweden’s economy. Other important aspects of its economy include telecommunications, engineering, automotive trade, and pharmaceuticals. Sweden is the 9th largest arms exporter in the world.
  • Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, businessman and philanthropist, invented dynamite and established the Nobel Prize.
  • Sweden has a choral musical tradition. Of its 10 million people, it’s estimated that half a million Swedes sing in choirs.
  • ABBA, whose name is made up of the first letter of the first names of the four-member group, is Swedish.
  • Stieg Larson, who wrote the Millennium Series of crime novels, was Swedish. He died in 2004.
  • Cinnamon rolls originated in Sweden and Denmark.

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29 thoughts on “Sweden

  1. I had no idea that cinnamon rolls came from Sweden and Denmark! The photos are beautiful and make me want to add Sweden to my list of places to travel to in the future.

  2. Loved the beautiful pictures! I enjoyed watching the videos. After watching them, I would love to visit Sweden. I never knew that cinnamon rolls came from Sweden and Denmark either.

  3. Everything looks so clean and fresh. Even the air looks crisp and clean. Beautiful scenery!

  4. Beautiful. Sweden is beautiful and has it all. I’ve heard the taxes are really high and it is expensive to live there. I’ve also heard that the Swedish people are very reserved at first but when you get to know them they are laid back and loyal. That they “agree to disagree”, I really love that about people who can do that. A place I would like to visit.

  5. I have never been to Sweden. The first thing I thought when looking at these pictures is that everything looks so fresh. I can just feel how wonderful it would be to take a deep breath of that clear air! The pictures showing snow are lovely. Can you see how beautiful and white the snow is?

  6. I had my DNA tested by Ancestry. The majority of my DNA is from Sweden.

    A lesser amount is from England and Ireland.

    My paternal grandparents immigrated from Sweden. It was very interesting to hear him talk about Sweden and the town where he and his wife came from.

    Someday I would like to visit both places.

    With a little luck, maybe I’ll run into Alex Skarsgard!!!!!!!!

  7. When we lived in Kansas we lived in Lindsborg a town that was founded by Swedish settlers. My daughter danced with the Swedish dancers and if we hadn’t had to leave before her senior year she would have gone to Sweden that year. The costumes they danced in and the dances were beautiful. The foods we made each year for the festivals we celebrated were so much fun but I must admit I didn’t like some of it but the breads were to die for. I still have my Dala horse with our name on one side and ‘valkomen’ on the other side.

  8. Very beautiful country and photos. I didn’t know Sweden had vikings. But I did know they created cinnamon rolls thanks for a report someone did in elementary school.

  9. Most of this one I knew as my grandfather was a full blood Swede who’s parents emigrated to the United States when he was a small child. Thanks for the beautiful memories Caris!

  10. My grandfather was also a full blood Swede, but I didn’t know most of what you shared. Thank you for the information and some lovely photos.

    I am in Faribault, Minnesota.

  11. Such a beautiful place. I love the pictures especially the sunrise/sunset over the water. I also enjoyed the red roofed houses in the video & the cattle calls the woman did. Maybe I should learn that for our cows lol.:) 🙂

    • Marie,

      I think the Sound of Sweden video was my favorite because of the calls used to bring the animals home. It was awesome!

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

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