Facts & figures

  • Area: 450,000 km² (174,000 sq. mi.), third largest country in Western Europe
    Forests: 53%
    Bare rocks & mountains: 12%
    Cultivated land: 8%
    Lakes and rivers: 9%
    Longest north-south distance: 1,574 km (978 mi.)
    Longest east-west distance: 499 km (310 mi.)
  • Highest mountain: Kebnekaise (2,103 m)
  • Biggest lake: Vänern (5,650 sq km)
  • Capital: Stockholm.
  • Population: 9.7 million inhabitants (2014)
  • National Day: 6 June
  • Languages: Swedish; recognized minority languages: Sami (Lapp), Finnish, Meänkieli (Tornedalen Finnish), Yiddish, Romani Chib (a Gypsy language).
  • Form of government: Constitutional monarchy, with parliamentary democracy
  • Parliament: The Riksdag, with 349 members in a single chamber.
  • Religion: 82% belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden. There are also many other religions and denominations
  • Average life expectancy: men 80.1 years, women 83.7 years.
  • Most important export goods: Machinery and transport equipment, chemicals and plastic and rubber products, electronics and telecommunications equipment, energy products, industrial machinery, road vehicles, minerals, foodstuffs
  • Most important imported goods: Electronics and telecommunication, machinery, foodstuffs, crude oil, textiles and footwear, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and petroleum products.
  • More facts about Sweden


A part of the official gateway to Sweden