Official Name: Kingdom of Sweden Population: 9,480,205 Official Religion: Lutheran Life expectancy: 78.59 years for men, 83.26 years for women
Power proceeds from the people Parliament called the Riksdag Riksdag has 349 members Elections held every four years Must be 18 to vote Unicameral Currently 8 parties in the Riksdag: (Moderate Party, the Christian Democrats, the Liberal Party, the Center Party , the Green Party, the Social Democratic Party, the Sweden Democrats and the Left Party.
1632 leader Gustavus Adolphus killed Left sweden in a troubled state that led to almost a century of war Result of this is Sweden being neutral in European conflicts Also neutral in both World Wars
Turned down entry into euro system in 2003 Timber, hydropower, and iron ore base of economy on foreign trade Recession in 2008-2009, strong rebound in 2010 and onward
Räkor (shrimp): variety of shrimp, pandalus borealis, cooked on their shells on the boats. Varmrökt lax (smoked salmon): slow smoked over alder wood until skin is golden color with moist, pink meat under.
Capital of Sweden More than one-fifth of Sweden’s population 850,000 residents Home to half the country’s population growth
Boasts one of the most famous film industries Ingrid Bergman, who starred in the 1942 film “Casablanca”, is from Sweden. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vThuwa5RZU She won Academy Awards for best actress in “Gaslight” and “Anatasia” Alfred Nobel, a Swedish man, invented dynamite and founded the “Nobel Prize”
“Less is more” Practical approaches to clothing Denim popular in Sweden Secondhand Market for fashion is on the increase