Sweden has a population of 10 million, of which about 2 million are under the age of 18. 85% of them live in cities. Sweden is a very multicultural country: 15% of Swedes were born in another country, and about one in five children in Sweden has a family with roots in another country.
1. Sweden pays students more than PLN 600 per month for high school education.
2. In 1979, Sweden banned beating and other corporal punishment of children.
3. Sweden recycles garbage so well that it runs out of garbage and imports 80,000 tons from Norway every year.
4. Sweden tested a “speed camera lottery” in which drivers who obeyed speed limits were automatically entered into a prize pool funded by speeding fines and fines.
5. Coniferous forests such as pine and spruce dominate much of the Swedish landscape.
6. The islands of Gotland and Oland, as well as part of the Scandinavian mountain range, due to their limestone-rich rocks and favorable climate, are characterized by a unique flora, including numerous varieties of orchids.
7. In 1910, Sweden became the first European country to create national parks, mainly in the mountainous regions of Norrland. This helped save some of Europe’s last wilderness from exploitation.
8. Sweden legalized homosexuality in 1944, and in 1972, as the first country in the world, allowed the change of gender record, i.e. record in documents about gender.
9. There are 260,000 deer in Sweden. They eat mushrooms, lichens, grass and herbs. Suovas is an indigenous Sami word for smoked reindeer fillet.
10. The Minecraft world game was a personal passion of Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson. Basically, it’s a digital version of Lego.
11. Football is by far the largest organized sport in Sweden.
12. North Korea owes Sweden 300 million euros for about 1,000 Volvo cars, and Sweden sends them payment reminders every 6 months.
13. Sweden has introduced a national scheme whereby citizens can sign up to receive SMS messages when a heart attack victim is nearby, allowing them to get to them faster than an ambulance.
14. The former king of Sweden became a pirate after losing his throne.
15. In Sweden, there are as many as 95,700 lakes with sizes over 100 meters by 100 meters.
16. Pacemaker, ultrasound, lenses, refrigerator and computer mouse are famous items that were invented in Sweden or by Swedes who did not live in Sweden.
17. Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union in terms of area, but ranks second in terms of population density. Only 23.5 people per km2 live here.
18. According to the Association of Swedish Choirs, about 600,000 Swedes sing in choirs, and the association is represented by 500 choirs. This gives Sweden the highest number of choirs per capita in the world.
19. Sweden is a sparsely populated country with a long coastline, vast forests and numerous lakes. This is one of the northernmost countries in the world. In terms of area, Sweden is comparable to Spain. Sweden’s borders have not changed since 1905, and the country has not been at war since 1814.
20. The last ice age ended only about 10,000 years ago, and the weight and movement of the ice sheet had a profound effect on the Swedish landscape.
21. Sweden stopped classifying BDSM as a mental disorder in 2008.
22. There are many good beaches in the south of the country that are less crowded than more popular places like Spain and France. In the far north, the country is dotted with lakes and forests, wild expanses of wild tundra and even mountains to offer you adventure in the form of whatever outdoor activity you like in summer or winter.
23. The capital of Sweden, Stockholm, is built on 14 islands, and the city center is “practically on the water.”
24. At Sweden’s famous ice hotel, which is built every year out of giant chunks of ice on the Torne River, the Boverket National Housing Board now requires fire alarms to be posted despite being made entirely of frozen water.
25. Blood donors in Sweden receive a text message each time their blood is used to save lives.
26. Given that we have been talking about Sweden, which has a strong welfare state and is interested in environmental policy, it is not surprising that Sweden is often at the forefront of environmentalism.
27. Volvo, a former Swedish car company, invented the seat belt, a device that saved countless lives.
28. In Sweden, fashion and music are also mentioned as innovative industries, although we can expect more creativity from the arts and culture industries.
29. In Stockholm, Sweden, just north of Stockholm University, there is a housing estate that has a tradition of opening windows every Tuesday at 10:00 pm and yelling for a few minutes to take the stress out of university exams.
30. It is difficult to translate such a word as fika, but in fact it is a coffee break. Swedes drink more coffee than any other nation except Finland. 31. Some companies have just started experimenting with shorter working hours, based on recent research that shows that knowledge-intensive workers are only productive for about 6 hours, meaning companies achieve the same productivity in 6 hours rather than 8.