Country number: 17
Territory number: 19
When? A long time ago
How? By car ferry, coming from Denmark, going on to Finland
Who? With Don
‘In Sweden, self-sufficiency and autonomy is all; [interpersonal] debt of any kind, be it emotional, a favour, or cash, is to be avoided at all cost. The Swedes don’t even like to owe a round of drinks.”’
Michael Booth, The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
Sweden’s name, Sverige, in modern Swedish, derives from the Svear language and means “Our Kingdom.”
Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union in area, yet it has the second lowest population density
Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries, including both world wars.
ABBA is the fourth-best selling music act in history, after Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Michael Jackson.
The Nobel Prizes have been awarded every year in Stockholm since 1901. They are the legacy of Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite in 1866.
Ikea was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad.