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Quick facts about Sweden

World-class education

Sweden is ranked as one of the top 5 countries?in the world when it comes to providing higher education, and the Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a second language in the world.

Learn more about the ranking of higher education systems on the Universitas 21 website

Learn more about?English proficiency levels on the Education First website

Innovation

Ranked as the 3rd most innovative nation?in the world, Sweden also has the largest?number of global companies per capita. Globally recognised trademarks from Sweden include?IKEA, Ericsson, Volvo, Tetra Pak, ABB, H&M, Atlas Copco, Astra Zeneca, SKF, Absolut Vodka and Saab, to name a few.? ?

Learn more about innovation rankings on The Global Innovation Index website

Prestige and creativity?

Home of the Nobel Prize, the world's most prestigious academic distinction, Sweden?enjoys great international respect for innovative and creative thinking and for encouraging close cooperation between academia and industry. Sweden is ranked among the leading creative countries?in the world.

Learn more about the Nobel Prize on the official Nobel Prize website

Learn more about the world's most creative countries on the World Economic Forum website

Focus on sustainability

Sweden is a modern, eco-conscious country ranked as the most sustainable country in the world by Robecosam. For most Swedes, sustainability is a way of life, for instance?99% of all rubbish is recycled and?Swedish businesses have a long history of active sustainable business practices.??

Learn more about sustainability rankings on the Robecosam website

An equal, multicultural society

Equality and transparency along with a strong social safety net are key factors in Swedish society.?Democratic principles shape not only the way Sweden is governed, but all levels of society – from preschool to the workplace.

As one of?the highest ranked nations for integration in a recent EU study, Sweden is an open multicultural society with roughly 200 nationalities represented in the country. Almost 20 percent of the population has roots in other countries.

The Swedes have worked hard to build a society that promotes equality between the sexes, tolerance and inclusiveness, and it is therefore no surprise that Sweden is among the top countries in the?international ranking lists for equality.

Full religious freedom is legally guaranteed in Sweden, which gives every individual the right to belong to the church or the religion of his or her choice. In international terms, Sweden stands out as one of the most secularised countries in the world.

Visit the official website of Sweden for more quick facts

Geography

Sweden is located in the Scandinavia region of Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the north-west, Finland to the north-east and Denmark to the south, via the connecting ?resund bridge.

By size, Sweden is one of Europe’s largest countries, comparable to Spain or France,?but in terms of population it is a small country; it?has only 10 million inhabitants. Nearly 90% of the population lives in the southern part of the country.

Key facts

  • Area: 450 000 km2 (174 000 sq miles), the third largest country in Western Europe
  • Capital: Stockholm
  • Population: 10 million
  • Language: Swedish (English is widely spoken)
  • Form of government: constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy??
  • Life expectancy: men 80.7 years; women 84.1 years
  • Time zone: GMT+1
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