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EU Member since 1995
Other Memberships Bologna Process, OECD
Currency Swedish Krona (SEK)
Capital Stockholm
Area 450,295 sq km
Population 9,119,423
Language Swedish
Religion Church of Sweden (Lutheran) 87%, other 13%
GDP $ 57,113 (2011)
GNI $ 42,110 (2011)
SGI 8.65 out of 10 (2011)
CPI 88 out of 100 (2012)
Architecture Functionalism
Literature Carl Michael Bellman, Gustaf Fröding, Verner von Heidenstam, Esaias Tegnér
Music Joik (Saami Northern indigenes), Nordic Folk; Anne Sofie von Otter, ABBA, Europe, Roxette, Ace of Base, Vasen, Hedningarna, Garmarna, Ale Moller, Lars, Swedish House Mafia
Painting Gustaf Lundberg, Carl Larsson
Cuisine Lingonberry jam; Smorgasbord (buffet style meal), Husmanskost (traditional Swedish dishes): Artsoppa (pea soup), Rotmos med flask (a dish with pork), Ravlax, Inkokt lax (salmon dishes), Raggmunk (potato pancake), Kalops (meat stew with onions), Kroppkakor (potato dumplings filled with onion and pork), Blodupudding (blood pudding sweetened, spiced and eaten with lingonberry jam and bacon). Delicacies: Surstromming, Isterband (Smaland sausage)
Drinks Akvavit, Brannvin, Snaps
Consumption 10.3 equivalent liters of pure ethyl alcohol per capita per year (WHO, 2005)
Sports Football, ice hockey, skiing, figure skating, tennis; Bjorn Borg, Robin Soderling
europoint On Sweden
24 May 2014

Stockholm2The Royal Palace in Stockholm source: © EU 2013

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