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Sweden Geography - Sweden is a part of Scandinavia. With its 450,000 square km (about 170,000 square miles), Sweden is the third largest country in Western Europe - almost the same size as Spain or France, and bigger than California. - Sweden is a long country: 1,574 km (about 980 miles) stretching from north to south. About the same distance as Seattle-Los Angeles (1,541), Berlin-Moscow (1,619) or Mumbai-Calcutta (1,665). - Sweden is, however, a small country in terms of population, with only 9.2 million inhabitants - which is about 0.1 percent of the world population. - Consequently, Sweden is sparsely populated with roughly 22 inhabitants per square km. This can be compared to the population density in China (134/sq km), Hong Kong (6,688/sq km), India (318/sq km), European Union (112/sq km), Germany (231/sq km), Spain (87/sq km), UK (246/sq km). - Almost 90 percent of the population live in southern Sweden, where we also find the three largest cities, Stockholm (capital, 1.2 million inhabitants), G�teborg, and Malm�. People - Historians have disagreed over the years, but nowadays most of them agree that the Sami are entitled to call themselves the original Scandinavians. ...read more.

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Education - The Swedish Education Act states that all children shall have equal access to education, regardless of gender, where they live or social or economic factors. All education in the public school is free of charge. - Sweden has nine years of compulsory schooling, which begins at the age of seven. Today almost all children attend non-compulsory pre-school classes at the age of six, which is supposed to prepare children for compulsory school. In practice this means ten years of schooling in total. - Around 98 percent of the students who finish compulsory school start high school, which is also offered free of charge. High school programs run for three years. Students can choose from some 20 different programs that provide general qualifications to study at universities and university colleges. Climate - What is it like living in Sweden? Over the coming slides we will give you a better understanding of everyday life in Sweden, starting with the climate. - Sweden is a long country that stretches from north to south. The climate therefore varies within the country and the changes in seasons are dramatic. A warm and light summer is followed by a colorful fall, a long, dark winter and a bright and longed-for spring. ...read more.

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You gather around long tables and eat herring, potatoes, dill, salmon and drink snaps (nubbe). - By December Sweden has very few hours of daylight. The first Sunday of Advent comes as a sign that Christmas is approaching. Throughout the country Swedes put electric candlesticks and stars in their windows to keep the dark away. - During the darkest time of the year in mid-December, the Swedes celebrate Lucia. Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with a traditional role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winter. Wrap-up - Over the past 100 years Sweden has made an extraordinary journey from a poor nation of peasants to one of the strongest economies in the world. - The long distance between the northern and southern parts of Sweden creates dramatic contrasts in the landscape and nature across the country. Sweden offers mountains and glaciers up north, dense forests and thousands of lakes and rivers in the central parts and fertile farmlands in the south. Along the extensive coastline, of more than 2,700 kilometers (about 1,700 miles), lies a large number of unique archipelagos with tens of thousands of islands and rocks of various sizes. - To sum up you can say that: Sweden is a country of opportunities offering a high quality of life with the human and nature in mind. ...read more.

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