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GENERAL PHYSICAL FACTS
Area: 449,964 sq km (173,732 sq miles).
Population: 8,873,000 (2000).
Population Density: 19.7 per sq km.
Geography: Sweden is bordered by >Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast, with a long Baltic coast to the east and south. Approximately half the country is forested and most of the many thousands of lakes are situated in the southern central area. The largest lake is Vänern, with an area of 5540 sq km (2140 sq miles). Swedish Lapland to the north is mountainous and extends into the Arctic Circle.
Government: Constitutional monarchy. Head of State: King Carl XVI since 1973. Head of Government: Prime Minister Göran Persson since 1996.
Language: Swedish. Lapp is spoken by the Sámi population in the north. English is taught as the first foreign language from the age of nine.
Religion: Church of Sweden (Evangelical Lutheran), separated from the state in January 2000; other Protestant minorities.
Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from
last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October). Check
Time Server for current time (E)
Electricity: 230 volts, three-phase AC, 50Hz. two-pin continental plugs are used.
SERVICES - PHONE, POST, INTERNET
For directories and information about changing address, see Useful to Know
Telephone: Full IDD is available. Country code: 46. Outgoing international code: 00. There are three types of payphone: they take cash, phonecards or credit cards. Credit card phones (indicated by a ‘CCC' sign) are widely available. Phonecards can be bought from newsagents' shops or kiosks.
Internet: Main ISPs include Telia, Spray, SBBS and Dataphone. Internet cafes exist in all of the main urban areas and at public libraries. You can get some locations at EuroCyber and also at Internet cafeer.
Post: Post offices are open during normal shopping hours (Mon-Fri 0900-1800; Sat 1000-1300). Some branches may be closed Saturday during July. Post boxes are yellow and grey. Stamps and aerogrammes are on sale at post offices and also at most bookstalls and stationers. Airmail within Europe takes three to four days, a week to ten days to Australia. More information at Posten.
Sweden Du Gamla Du Fria Includes music and lyrics in both Swedish and English. This is a must to learn as Swedes are fond of flag raising and anthem singing.
Australia Fair Unfortunately, no Swedish
translation, but a nice reminder of home.
Sweden.se A Virtual guide to Sweden (S) (E)
The Swedish Institute has an English fact sheet (E)
Altapedia also has Swedish factual info (E)
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs DFAT has a page on Sweden (E)
Sweden Life casual guide to living, working or visiting Sweden (E)
Gateway has a map, and it is great for finding your way around (E)
Sveriges Geografi National Atlas of Sweden (E)
Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning Geological Survey of Sweden (S) (E)
Satellite Image of Sweden - Earth View live shot.> Wow, the place looks great from space (E)
Dagens Nyheter The DN weather site is very good. It's in Swedish, but has piccies and anyway you should learn the Swedish weather terms very quickly as it is the No. 1 topic of conversation in Sweden. It defaults to Stockholm, but you can do a search for your town. (S)
Vadertjänst also has up-to-date weather all over Sweden and is very accurate.(S) (E)
CNN Europe has a Sweden forecast (E)
Intellicast is US based but has local Swedish weather as well as a 10 day forecast (E)Laurier Williams and Wunderground. Just to see what I'm missing
Åre Live views of Åre in Jämtland. Âre is the biggest ski resort in Sweden.
Car Care and Driving
Emergencies and Medical Care
Useful to Know
Working Holidays in Sweden
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