A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both World Wars.
Since then, Sweden has pursued a successful economic formula consisting of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum. The share of Sweden’s population born abroad increased from 11.3% in 2000 to 20% in 2021.
Temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in north
Swedish 80.3%, Syrian 1.9%, Iraqi 1.4%, Finnish 1.4%, other 15%
Finish everything on your plate as it is considered rude to leave any food uneaten.
Köttbullar (Swedish Meatballs) — beef mixed with pork or veal seasoned with onions, salt, pepper, and allspice and shaped into small round balls for browning in butter; typically served with lingonberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and gravy on the side
Small, open, competitive, and thriving economy that remains outside of the euro zone; has achieved an enviable standard of living, with its combination of free-market capitalism and extensive welfare benefits