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Study in Sweden

Study in Sweden, with the help of our guide, and you will find yourself in a nation which has always punched well above its weight.

From being the center of an empire in the 17th century, to being the home and birthplace of the Nobel Prize, its influence has long spread well beyond its borders, despite having a total population no bigger than a large city. Swedish businesses such as Ikea and Volvo are known around the world, and in bouffant-haired 70s pop aristocrats ABBA and director Ingmar Bergman, for example, it has contributed greatly to the world of popular culture.

Fast Facts

  • Constitutional monarchy, currently headed (ceremonially) by King Carl XVI Gustaf
  • Democracy, with unicameral legislature (Riksdag)
  • Head of government is prime minister (current incumbent is Stefan Löfven)
  • Historical nation with its roots in the Middle Ages, breaking from the Hanseatic league in the 16th century to become Sweden proper
  • Population of 9,593,000 and total landmass of 173,745 square miles make it one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world
  • Member state of the European Union
  • Last involved in an armed conflict in 1814
  • Official language: Swedish (Svensk); many Swedes speak English as a second language
  • Capital and largest city: Stockholm
  • As well as the famous meatballs, Swedish cuisine includes such delicacies as licorice ice cream and pickled herrings
  • Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK)
  • Internal dialing code: +46
  • Central European Time (UTC+1), switching to Central European Summer Time in summer (UCT+2)
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