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Sweden - A Scandinavian Country

Updated on March 12, 2015

Sweden, in northern Europe

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden or Sverige, is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. It has borders with Norway (west and north) and Finland (northeast), and is connected to Denmark (south) by the Oresund Bridge. It has been a member of the European Union since January 1, 1995.

Its capital city is Stockholm.

At 449,964 km² (173,720 square miles), Sweden is the third largest country by area in Western Europe (after France and Spain) and fifth in all of Europe. Sweden has a low population density of 20 people per square kilometre, except in its metropolitan areas; 84% of the population lives in urban areas, which comprise only 1.3% of the country's total land area and are much more dense than the countryside at about 1,300 people per square kilometre (3,400 per square mile). Most Swedes speak Swedish

The Kingdom Sweden

has a King

Modern Sweden emerged out of the Kalmar Union formed in 1397, and by the unification of the country by King Gustav Vasa in the 16th century. In the 17th century the country expanded its territories to form the Swedish empire. Most of the conquered territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula, were lost during the 18th and 19th centuries. The historically integrated eastern half of Sweden, Ãsterland, was lost to Russia in 1809 to become the Grand duchy of Finland of Imperial Russia. The last war in which Sweden was directly involved was in 1814, when Sweden by military means forced Norway into a personal union with Sweden, a union which lasted until 1905. Since that, Sweden has been at peace.

Carl XVI Gustav is King in Sweden today. He became king September 1973 after his Grandfather King Gustaf.

The Crown princess Victoria, Married to Prince Daniel Westling, got a baby girl that is the new heir. Her name is: Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary

Economy facts

from Wikipedia

Sweden has a long history of economic freedom, such as support for property rights, free trade and free immigration. Sweden has long been a major exporter of iron, copper and timber. Improved transportation and communication has allowed for the large scale utilization of remote natural assets, most notably timber and iron ore. Sweden has a rich supply of water power, but lacks significant oil and coal deposits. In the 1890s, universal schooling and industrialization enabled the country to develop a successful manufacturing industry. Sweden had the world's 5th highest GDP per capita in 1970. After the World War II Sweden emerged as a Nordic model welfare state, increasing taxes and regulation, until the economy crashed in the early 1990s. As a response to the economic decline it experienced in a few decades, the country has made some economic reforms. Sweden has high civil liberties and high economic freedoms in many areas, such as excellent judiciary and some of the world's leading privatization programs. On the other hand, it has a heavy tax burden and inflexible labor market, with overall ranking 27th on the Index of Economic Freedom 2008. Sweden joined the European Union in 1995, but so far has stayed outside defense cooperation and eurozone. Sweden achieves many excellent results in international comparisons such as the UN Human Development Index (HDI). The GDP per capita ranking is 15th.

The photo is the Government building in Stockholm

Swedish currency is Crowns or Kronor

100.00 SEK = 16.7134 USD

100.00 SEK = 10.7765 EUR

Sweden Tribute - Absolutely beautiful photos

I was reading about when the sun set and go down.

Today May 19 2008

UP 00:57 DOWN 24:14

Hurry up if you want to see the midnight sun this year

Sweden on top of the lists

Northern Europe tops ICT developments

MAX lab IV in Sweden

MAX IV is planned to be the next generation Swedish synchrotron radiation facility. It will replace the existing facility consisting of the MAX I, II and III storage rings. MAX IV will contain two storage rings in the same complex: a 3-GeV ring for the production of hard x-rays and a 1.5 GeV ring for the production of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV)) radiation and soft x-rays. In addition the MAX III ring will be reinstalled at the new locations. This solution allows the production of synchrotron radiation with optimal characteristics in a wide energy region, fulfilling the needs of most diverse research aresa.

The Swedes and internet - It is probably world record

90% of Swedens population are connected to internet. The Swedish children use internet from 6 years and up. The schools in Sweden allow the pupils to work online.

Over 6 millions posted the tax declaration via internet or SMS!

Only 7% of the Swedes are online through a telephone modem. The rest of us have cable or wireless. The Tax declaration this year was made mainly through internet or SMS. 750 individuals over 100 years of age used it. The goal of the government this year was that 60% of the whole population used electronic ways.

Very few have no e-mail adress.

The Swedish royal family

The Royal Castle in Stockholm - Global Treasure

Kungliga Slottet Kungliga Slottet (The royal Castle) is a majestic royal castle that is located on the highest point of the island of Stadsholmen in the middle of the attractive historical old town of Stockholm known as Gamla Stan.

Global Treasures  KUNGLIGA SLOTTET Swedish Royal Palace Sweden
Global Treasures KUNGLIGA SLOTTET Swedish Royal Palace Sweden

The design of the Royal castle and its splendid facade was created by the architect, Nicodemus Tessin The Younger. His father, Nicodemus The Elder, built the Tre Kronor Castle at the end of the 17th century which was named after the three crowns that are depicted in the Swedish coat of arms.

 

SWEDEN - The Nation's History

Steven Koblik's epilogue extends Scott's now standard text with an analysis of contemporary Swedish political, economic, and social behavior. In addition to the epilogue, Scott has made a number of alterations in the text in order to maintain the timeliness and comprehensiveness of the work.

Sweden, Enlarged Edition: The Nation's History
Sweden, Enlarged Edition: The Nation's History

Using a chronological-topical structure, Scott shows how and why Sweden progressed from times of backwardness to an age of military greatness, through two centuries of cultural development and relapse into poverty followed by a sudden outburst of productive energy and the creation of an exceptionally prosperous welfare state where the ideal is consensus rather than confrontation.

 
Country Houses of Sweden
Country Houses of Sweden

Barbara and Ren� Stoeltie set out on their journey through Sweden in search of exceptional houses to photograph and write about. They found a number of extraordinary ones, ranging from a castle filled with family treasures to a little wood-built farm, a forgotten artist's studio built on a cliff by the Baltic, and the house in which Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, was born. Ubiquitous silver-grey floorboards and pastel-coloured furniture are typical of the magnificent castles and manor houses of Sweden. With texts and poetry in praise of the land of the midnight sun, and photographs that capture its romance, this book has all the seductive power of its subject.

 

This is for all you Swedes in your hearts out there - There is more besides IKEA!

Renowned for its lovely blond woods and delicate color palette dominated by pale blues, Sweden is a country of simple and elegant interior design. In a bright, well-photographed presentation, lifestyle writer Cheryl MacLachlan beautifully captures the essence of Swedish design: clean lines, pale hues, natural materials, a powerful sense of light and space, and fresh folk-art charm. The living room, bedroom, dining room, and kitchen each merit a chapter filled with ideas about walls, floors, windows, colors, fabrics, lighting, and furniture. Scattered throughout are tips on decorating, such as transferring a decorative motif to a wall, setting an attractive table, and mixing your own paints for an authentic look. You'll also find a chapter on Swedish foods (complete with tempting recipes), and a source list.

Bringing It Home: Sweden: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Feeling of Sweden in Your Home
Bringing It Home: Sweden: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Feeling of Sweden in Your Home

Is it possible to bring home the best of an entire country?

This is the question that came to author Cheryl MacLachlan when she fell in love with the charms of Sweden--its pristine landscapes, its warmhearted people, and above all, its delightful homes. What was it that made her visits there so memorable? And how could she replicate those pleasures back home?

In Bringing It Home--Sweden, Cheryl MacLachlan reveals the secrets of Swedish decorating and entertaining and explains how to capture those charms anywhere. After spending much time visiting homes and conversing with families in towns and cities throughout Sweden, she became familiar with the subtle but unmistakable qualities of Swedish life.

 

Sweden and design

World famous

Light peaceful and very classy

Swedish design

Read this site about Swedish design in one area. If you like this smooth look, This is where you can buy your furniture.

Swedish Designer Sigvard Bernadotte

You have to click on the cuttlery to see how many different items there are in this same design! When I was a little girl, I had my own knife, fork and spoon of this design.

Many of Sigvard Bernadotte's silverworks look deceptively easy to execute, but in reality, the simplicity of his design requires perfect tools combined with an extremely high degree of accuracy of the experienced Georg Jensen silversmiths. Bernadotte's ascetic candlesticks with no other decoration than the lines of the flutings are examples of his elegantly simplified but personal style. The sophisticated flatware pattern named Bernadotte from 1939 enhances the beauty of the utilitarian articles and possesses both a modern and a solid look. The stringent and aristocratic expression of its channelled handles epitomizes the characteristics of a Bernadotte's refined sense of style and the design is still one of the Georg Jensen's most popular flatware patterns.

American Swedes - Are many....

There are many Swedes who emigrated during the 1800. 1,2 million, which is 20% of the whole population in Sweden those days. They came to America and started a new life.

Some have really tried hard to keep track of their roots. Here is a site with lots of information for you. Here is a link to sites with helps you with genealogy research. Click on "links".

Learn Swedish with an Audio Book!

Easy and quick

Pimsleur Swedish Compact

This is a Pimsleur Compact course on a single download. It contains five hours of spoken language practice in ten 30-minute lessons, and also contains a booklet and the User’s Guide to introduce you to the Pimsleur Method.

Devised by language educator Dr Paul Pimsleur, Simon and Schuster’s Pimsleur Language courses provide the listener with a comprehensive, self instructional, step-by-step guide on how to learn a new language.

The Pimsleur approach is so effective because it is based on tried and tested techniques and principles that have proved to enable rapid and successful language learning.

The unique audio method allows the listener to learn pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar without repetitive role learning, in a similar way to how we acquired our native language components.

Utvandrarna - The Emigrants - A story you will never forget

About Karl Oskar and Kristina who left Sweden after a hard descicion. Their story is as close to truth as you can come.

The Emigrants [VHS]
The Emigrants [VHS]

This movie is based on a novel by the Swedish author and historian Vilhelm Moberg. The novel is based on his research and is therefore very realistic and historically accurate. It is depicting the experience of Swedish emigrants in the 1840's or 1850's. The main characters are Karl Oskar and his wife Kristina but there are also many other interesting characters in movie, for example, Karl Oskars adventurous brother Robert who goes to California in the search of Gold.

 

Zara Larsson won the talant competition - Sweden has got talent

Amazing how a great voice can be contained in such a lovely little girl like Zara.

The Vikings

A long time back

The Vikings sailed most of the North Atlantic, reaching south to North Africa and east to Russia, Constantinople and the middle east, as looters, traders, colonists, and mercenaries. Vikings under Leif Eriksson, heir to Erik the Red, reached North America, and set up a short lived settlement in present-day L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The Swedish Viking Age lasted roughly between the eighth and eleventh centuries CE. During this period, it is believed that the Swedes expanded from eastern Sweden and incorporated the Geats to the south. While Vikings from what is today Norway, Denmark and the west coast and south of Sweden travelled south and west, Swedish vikings and Gutar travelled east and south, going to Finland, the Baltic countries, Russia, the Mediterranean and further as far as Baghdad. Their routes passed the rivers of Russia down south to Constantinople (Byzantine Empire) (present-day Istanbul, Turkey) on which they did numerous raids. The Byzantine Emperor Theophilos noticed their great skills in war, and invited them to serve as his personal bodyguard, these were called the varangian guard. The Swedish vikings are believed to have taken great part in the creation of Russia. The adventures of these Swedish Vikings are commemorated on many rune stones in Sweden, such as the Greece Runestones and the Varangian Runestones. There was also considerable participation in expeditions westwards, which are commorated on stones such as the England Runestones. The last major Swedish Viking expedition appears to have been the ill-fated expedition of Ingvar the Far-Travelled to Serkland, the region south-east of the Caspian Sea. Its members are commemorated on the Ingvar Runestones, none of which mentions any survivor.

It is not known when and how the kingdom of Sweden was born, but the list of Swedish monarchs is drawn from the first kings who ruled Svealand (Sweden) and Götaland (Gothia) as one with Erik the Victorious. Sweden and Gothia were two separate nations long before that. It is not known how long they existed, Beowulf described semi-legendary Swedish-Geatish wars in the sixth century CE.

The photo is a viking ship you can see now in the Oslo Viking museum

Kristin Lavransdotter - The best love story ever written

Yes - I know this is a Norweigan writer and Kristin lived in Norway but if you really want to know the life of the ancient people of Scandianavia this is it.

The book is so wonderfully written you cannot put it away.

I have read it many times and am still not finished with it.

The writer got the Nobel Prize 1928-Sigrid Undset, Norway

Mark 55 people rated the book five stars!! *****

Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

A landmark among historical novels, Kristin Lavransdatter is part of the body of work that won Sigrid Undset the Nobel Prize for 1928. This trilogy of more than one thousand pages follows its title character through her life in fourteenth-century Scandinavia. It is a novel full of big and dramatic happenings: romantic intrigues, political schemes, and spiritual debates. It is also a novel about one woman's life. Sigrid Undset makes us understand Kristin's love for her sons and husband, the feeling of milk in her breasts, and the hard work of living in the fourteenth century. As does any good historical novel, Kristin Lavransdatter immerses us in its time through rich details concerning dress and manners as well as social and historical events. The multitude of character names is confusing at first, but if you stick with it, Sigrid Undset will give you a first-hand experience of another world.

 

Three videos about the Vikings

Some Viking DVD - Special entertainment

They lived, loved and died so long ago.

The Vikings were travelling all over the known world, including North America, North Africa and Asia!

They were skilled sailors and warriors too.

The Vikings
The Vikings

Roaring through the 9th century with powerful performances and "brilliant visual drama" (Cue), The Vikings is a riveting "spectacle of have-at-'em action" (Los Angeles Examiner)! Bitter hatred divides two brothers. Prince Einar (Douglas) is the son and heir of a savage Viking chieftain. Prince Eric (Curtis) is his unknowing half-brother, the bastard offspring of Einar's father and an English queen. When the Vikings kidnap a princess (Leigh), her beauty inflames the desires of both men, forcing a bloody duel thatdecides their fate and the future of the English throne.

 
NOVA - The Vikings
NOVA - The Vikings

The Vikings have had a one-sided image for too long. Since their first violent raids in the late 8th century Norsemen have been considered nothing more than brutal barbarians and marauding savages who thoughtlessly murdered and pillaged the defenseless. Revolutionary new research is about to change their uncivilized reputation. Travel the globe with NOVA for a riveting two-hour special that proves the Vikings were much more accomplished than their vicious stereotype suggests.True the Vikings were ruthless in their quest for riches and power. But recently unearthed facts about of the Viking legacy reveal they were canny merchants expert shipbuilders superb artisans and bold colonizers of far-off lands. Watch as modern shipbuilders recreate their marvels of nautical engineering. Search for clues that prove Vikings landed in North America 500 years before Columbus. Rebuild ancient villages retrace a Viking trading expedition through Russia and see spectacular Scandinavian artifacts that help introduce a surprising new definition of the Vikings.

 
Vikings: Journey to New Worlds (IMAX)
Vikings: Journey to New Worlds (IMAX)

Vikings! They came from the North and soon the legends would say that they did not know fear. For hundreds of years they were another name for terror . They sailed icy oceans and narrow rivers striking far inland without warning without mercy.However the truth about the Vikings is far more complex. Much of Europe s traditions technology and institutions come to us from these fierce men of the North. England Germany Russia along with their homeland of Scandinavia all bear the Viking s mark today.Shot on location in Iceland Greenland and Newfoundland this breathtaking IMAX® film joins the Viking warriors explorers and settlers as they set out in search of new lands. The North Atlantic Sagas come to life as we follow Eric the Red and his son Leif Ericsson first to Greenland and then on to North America 500 years before Columbus.State-of-the-art digital graphics dramatically illustrate the unique shipbuilding techniques that were the key to propelling the Vikings across the Atlantic and into history.Available for the very first time on DVD!

 

Vasaloppet - The Vasa ski race

This is one of the worlds biggest competition in its kind! It is in memory of King Gustav Vasa who skiing went the 90 kilometers year 1521!

Imagine a ski race where 10 000 participants are skiing 90 kilometers!

They are served 55 000 liters of blueberry soup during this week.

Wanna come and participate? Just click on the link below and you are almost there.

Vasaloppet 2007 - From the air so you can see how amazing it is

Knäckebröd

Hard flat bread

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups rye flour, whole wheat is fine

3/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup milk, plus 1 T more if needed

Directions

1

Combine flour, sugar and salt in mixing bowl or food processor and cut or pulse in butter.

2

Gradually add the milk with a spoon or pulse until you have a stiff dough.

3

On a lightly floured board roll out as thin as you can.

4

Cut dough into strips about 2"x3" and punch lots of small holes in each.

5

Bake at 300 on lightly greased pan until lightly browned- about 10 minutes.

6

Cool on wire rack then store at room temperature.

Swedish Recipes and Traditions - Highlights of Swedish-American culture

recipes from Swedish-American cooks and information about cultural traditions and history.

Superbly Swedish: Recipes and Traditions
Superbly Swedish: Recipes and Traditions

By A Customer

My Grandmother introduced me to this book years ago by her use of it to make her annual batches of Swedish Pepparkakkor and Swedish Spritz cookies. She would (and still does) make them every December to those who are lucky enough to receive these yummy cookies! She uses this recipe, but instead of rolling out the Pepparkakkor cookies, she spreads them out in flat layers using a cookie press. The cookies are easy to make and lots of fun to decorate for kids and adults.

She also uses this book to make Swedish meatballs that are always a favorite of all who come to her annual holiday party! Everyone who tries them looks forward to her making them again next year!!

 

Swedish baking and cooking - Try it - you will love it

Please give it a try!

The Great Scandinavian Baking Book
The Great Scandinavian Baking Book

Scandinavian cookbooks tend to focus on Finland, Sweden, and Denmark; Ojakangas, author of several previous books on the subject, here includes recipes from Iceland as well. There are hearty "breads for meals," rich and delicate cookies, cakes and pies, and breads for "coffeetime," which can be a formal, three-course occasion. A diverse selection of national specialties, for larger collections.

 
Swedish Cakes and Cookies
Swedish Cakes and Cookies

Swedish Cakes and Cookies has become a modern classic since it was first published in 1945. Modernized and improved over the years, today's full-color edition, with beautiful photographs of each recipe, contains nearly 300 recipes. Some, such as Berry Muffins, Coconut Macaroons, Linzer Torte, and Jelly Doughnuts, may be familiar, while others, such as German Lemon Cake, Almond Meringues, Truffle Tarts, and Toffee Crunch Torte, are deliciously unique. Gluten-free, egg-free, and sugar-free recipes ensure that this book is accessible to all dessert lovers. Beginners and experts will be reminded that baking is both easy and enjoyable when they read the practical advice and step-by-step instructions in each section. Swedish Cakes and Cookies is an essential resource for any home baker, and for anyone who loves to meet with friends for coffee and cake. 300 color photographs.

 

Let the right one in - a new Swedish movie

that you will hear about

This is a very special new movie that you will hear about . The remix in US will start any day now.

Let the right one in

Swedish DVD movies - Now you can see these

I have only chosen the movies I can say I have seen.

Wallander is a Police Criminal Serie that is very much liked in Sweden. This set are many movies.

Ondskan is a true story about how awful it could be in a boarding school for a young man.

Grabben i graven bredvid is a really sweet story about a man and a woman who first happens to meet at a relatives grave and they get to know each other more and more. Nice movie.

ÃnglagÃ¥rd has the most beautiful story and scenery from Swedens countryside. This movie you can look at and understand the the Swedes and see the beauty of the Swedish landscape!

Hugo and Josephine is for children. Also lovely photo!

Compact PHILIPS DVP3140 Multi Region DVD Player with Divx - Can play ANY movie from any country

If you have planned to get another DVD-player. Buy this one and you can see all movies you ever have.

The price is really good too!

The Nobel Prize

Reward to only the best

Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award.

You can watch videos and listen to the talks here:

Nobel facts

Tre Kronor (Three Crowns)

The Swedish ice hockey team

The Swedish Hockey team is GOOD! Just have a look at all these Swedes in NHL. How is Detroit doing right now? - They have the Swedish players to thank a lot.

Sweden won the Olympic Games Gold Medal 2006.

The Gold Medal winning goal was very nice to see, especially since three of Sweden´s best

players ever were involved in the operation. Mats Sundin was handling the face off in neutral

zone and puck went away from him and then Peter Forsberg took it and went into Finlands

zone and dropped the puck back to Sundin. He dropped it back to Nicklas Lidström who immediately took a magnific shot which went into the net in the upper left corner of the Finnish goal. This precision in the shot was extremely good and Nicklas Lidström really deserved this success.

The Olympic Games directorate named Kenny Jönsson best defencemen in the tournament.

Media named Nicklas Lidström defenceman in All Star Team.

Some really good hockey players - All Swedes

Tre kronor Sverige team sweden

Kent Nilsson Markus Näslund Peter Forsberg Mats Sundin

100 days per year the sun does not set

in northern Sweden

It is amazing and beautiful and awesome! There are many tourist resorts that will take care of you up in northern Sweden. The best is to sit on a hillside and just look at the horizon...the sun touches the earth and goes back up again. Touch down no one!

Here is one site where you can read more:

Arvidsjaur

Nature in Sweden

Year around

There is always something going on in nature in Sweden. Winter or Summer.

It is easy to find a place to stay all over the country because of the yourth hostels.

www.stfturist.se/

Personally I prefer the Archepelagoes that you can find along the coasts. My favourite island is outside Stockholm. Here are also islands available for foreigners with youth hostels to stay in. One is called Fjärdlång and there you can see The Eagle fly and the Fish Hawk catch his food. I did!

Stockholms archipelago - Just a little bit of it

It is so hard to show you the beauty. The video cannot show how really wonderful it is out here. And how can I tell you about the smell from salt water, kelp and fresh air?

You just have to come here!

Skating miles in silence - Winter ices

Have you ever tried this kind of skating? You move so fast it is incrediable.

One winter we went far because of the wind in our backs. But maaan when we were turning around to go back - we had to work hard, stop often and rest. 100 kilometers in one day is really not much on these kind of skates.

Swedish - English - Swedish speech-to-speech phrase translator

English and Swedish human native speaker voice for all 14,000 phrases in the Audio PhraseBook

See the seasons in 40 seconds - How the nature change

This is a fantastic video that shows how the trees change over the four seasons.

Welcome to Sweden and see for yourself!

Wild Animals of Sweden

There are many - I will just mention a few

Brown bear

The brown bear is Sweden's biggest predator, weighing anything up to 350 kg. It eats berries and juicy shrubs and ants, but it also hunts voles and catches salmon, and, given the chance, is capable of killing bigger animals too. It hibernates every winter. Cubs are born every two or three years.

Eagle Owl

The eagle owl (Bubo bubo) is the largest and heaviest of European owls. Its deep, resonant call is audible for several miles, especially during the breeding season in early spring.

Elk/Moose

The elk/moose is the largest mammal in Sweden - the male can weigh up to 500 kg. Its fur is brown to greyish-black, and its long shanks are greyish-white, for which reason a standing elk can be hard to detect among narrow-trunked trees. Sweden has a large elk population and the open season for elk is in the autumn, and quite a large number of animals are shot every year.

European bison

European bison live in herds of 10-30 animals led by an old bull. The preferred habitat is deciduous forests or mixed forests with mainly deciduous trees and open clearings. They are ruminants with four stomachs like dairy cows and they eat mostly grass, herbs, bark and twigs.

Fox

The fox is a canid species and a predator and is found throughout Sweden. It is easily recognized by its red-brown coat and long bushy tail with a white tip. Foxes have keen sight and hearing and they like to hunt at night.

Great Grey Owl

Great grey owls (Strix nebulosa) are one of Sweden’s largest owls.

Lynx

The lynx is Sweden's only wild feline. It weighs between 15 and 30 kg; the males are bigger than the females. Like all felines, the lynx is a very skilful hunter. It catches hare, wildfowl and voles, as well as bigger animals like roe-deer and reindeer. The lynx mates in March and its young are born in May.

Northern Hawk Owl

Northern hawk owls (Surnia ulula) nest in tree cavities such as woodpecker holes or in man-made nesting boxes.

Otter

The otter is a species of mustelid that lives on the coast or by lakes or rivers. It may seem clumsy on dry land but in the water it is very agile, being expert at diving and swimming. Otters find most of their food in water. They prefer fish and frogs but also eat crayfish and seabirds.

Rare breeds

Rare breeds are part of our heritage. What we today call rare breeds can be considered as our original Swedish domesticated animals. They have adjusted themselves to poor quality grazing, can survive in a hard climate, are resistant to the illnesses present in Sweden and are good at foraging. The physical appearance of the animals can vary widely - appearance was less important than the ability to survive.

Reindeer

Reindeer are classed as cervids. They vary a good deal in size, but males on average weigh about 100 kg and females about 80 kg. Reindeer live in flocks and every year migrate long distances between summer and winter pastures. Sweden does not have any really wild reindeer: those roaming the Swedish mountains are semi-domesticated animals belonging to the Sami people.

Seals

Seals are mammals that have adapted to a life in water. They have webbed feet like fins and their bodies are spool-shaped. A thick layer of fat insulates them against the cold water in the winter. Their fur is short and dense and they change it every spring.The seals lives in the sea but can survive for a long time on dry land. It is very fond of sunbathing on flat rocks.

Snowy Owl

Snowy owls (Bubo scandiacus) live on the arctic tundra throughout the northern hemisphere.

Wild boar

Wild boars became extinct in Sweden in the 18th century. Wild boars in Sweden today are descendants of animals that escaped from captivity or were released into the wild towards the end of the 20th century. Wild boars are social animals that live in groups consisting of sows and their offspring. Wild boar piglets are striped when they are born. This is good camouflage when they lie in dry grass.

Wolf

The wolf is a gregarious animal, and a wolf pack consists of between ten and fifteen wolves, all of them related - for example, two parents and their offspring. In spring and summer, wolves hunt singly or in pairs. During autumn and winter the pack hunt together so as to bring down bigger and more formidable animals like the elk.

Wolverine

The wolverine is the largest of the mustelidae and can weigh up to 30 kg. In the summer it feeds mainly on mammals and birds, while in the winter it eats reindeer killed by itself or other predators. The species has been protected in Sweden since 1969 and the wolverine is one of Sweden's most threatened species.

Swedish Costumes - from all over the country

. Today here are 840 different regional costumes identified in Sweden, 550 women's and 210 men's. Although the folk costumes differ from region to region and you can identify influences from many styles in each and every one. The little round hat or skullcap was popular in medieval times, just like the pixie cap and the tasselled garters that are so prominent in the Delsbo men's costume. Similarly the wide leather belts for men and women's belts with buckles all originate in the Middle Ages as did the hanging waist bags that were common before pockets were

Give me your opinion and perhaps any questions?

Well - do you feel like coming here now? - Sweden is worth a visit I can assure you

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Beautiful country! And you did great job on that lense, very informative.

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      Wow... You covered everything! What a wealth of information.. going to have to look in to Swedish baking.

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      melissiaoliver 5 years ago

      Tack så mycket for this great lens! I love Sweden, have visited it twice and am going again in a couple of weeks, I can't wait!

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      DonD LM 5 years ago

      Sweden is a beautfiul nation and has amazing people. Great lense.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      yes, i would like to visit this beautiful country. enjoyed my visit. thanks for some good photos and vids. particularly the 'national costume' photo. ~blessed~

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      Wow! Great job!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Better late than never.... finally compiled my SquidAngel Lens from my 'angel flight' back in the Fall of 2010 :-) So.... returning to tell you that this lens has now been 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf".

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Sweden is such a beautiful country and not far from here... I hope I visit one day.

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      barnyardkids 6 years ago

      Great lens, I love it!

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      Stunning traveling lens - thanks for sharing

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The Midnight Sun absolutely fascinates me. That experience alone would be well worth a visit to Sweden, in addition to all the fascinating history you've written about here. My hubby's mother was Swedish, so our children have some Swedish blood in them. :) Her maiden name was Atillia Anderson, but we called her Polly! Thank you for this lovely tour of Sweden. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is awesome, Irene! The children and I will read through this page and some of your others when we start studying Sweden this year.

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      JimHofman 6 years ago

      Nicely done and interesting lens! I learned a lot. You might be interested in my lens on Glogg. Includes several recipes for this traditional Scandinavian winter warmer. Cheers!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thumbs up and favourited. I must admit my knowledge about Sweden is limited. I would surely love to visit Sweden and enhance my knowledge about the traditions, culture and beautiful country.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      What a beautiful country and a wonderful lens. I love the videos.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      This was a great lens to browse through. My family is of Swedish origin, with my great grandfather emigrating to the US in 1870. He changed his name on arrival, so we are not even sure of the original family name, he married a Norwegian named Johnson, whose family we can trace. Very interesting stuff.

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      toriphile81 6 years ago

      I'm part Swedish on my father's side, so have always been interested in the culture. Great source of information! I will check out some of your other lenses on the royal family :)

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      beautiful pictures! well done lens

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      You really know a lot about Sweden.Well done!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good information on Sweden.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lens, great country and equally great presentation with lots of passion. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      DawnMathisenakaC 7 years ago

      Being of partly Norwegian descent, I say howdy neighbor! I found your lens extremely informative and great for those who want to know more about Sweden. 5 Star and favorited! Excellent job! I enjoyed reading.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens. I lived in central Stockholm, while working in Kista,15 years ago and enjoyed it very much, especially in the summer.

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      jaye3000 8 years ago

      Amazing lens! Just blown away~ great job :)

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      thesolowriter 8 years ago

      Sweden has never been at the top of my list, but your lens has inspired me to take a closer look. Great job! 5*

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      konsum 8 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks for creating it.

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      I crave geology and ancient history. I can get lost in it. You have captivated me with your Swedish history. Amazing!

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      GramaBarb 9 years ago from Vancouver

      I love this lens!! My family took me out to the outer Stockholm archipelago on the Baltic Sea. It was breath-taking beautiful. We stopped at one of the little islands and enjoyed a Swedish picnic. If my health was not so critical I would pack my bags and catch the next flight to Sweden! Great work! 5*