Basic Sweden Knowledge & Fun Facts

Are you looking for some basic facts about Sweden? Maybe you are going to have a Sweden quiz and want to prepare by improving your general knowledge about this Sweden. Check out these quick basic facts about Sweden below … facts everyone should know who is going to travel to Sweden or moving there for some time.
Further below you find a list with fun facts, not as useful when you try to show off during a quiz but certainly helpful when you have a chat with friends and want to impress with some interesting or weird information about Sweden.

Basic Sweden Facts

Quick facts about Sweden:

  1. Top speed on Swedish highways: 110 km/h (68 mp/h), (except on a few highways: 120km/h)
  2. Population: ca. 10 million
  3. Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  4. King: Carl XVI Gustaf. Queen: Silvia.
    More about the Royal Family of Sweden, here
  5. Neighbouring countries with direct border: Norway, Finland (if you include the Öresundbridge, also Denmark)
  6. Calling code: +46
  7. Emergency: 112
  8. Area: 450.000 km², (173,860 sq mi) 
  9. Time zone: CET (UTC +1), Summer CEST (UTC +2)
  10. Nationalday: 6. Juni
  11. Highest mountain: Kebnekaise, 2.106m
  12. Membership
    1. EU: yes, since 1995
    2. NATO: no (Swedes enjoy being neutral)
  13. Drunk driving: blood alcohol content of minimum 0.02% or more is considered a crime
  14. Three biggest companies in Sweden:
    1. Volvo
    2. Ericsson
    3. Vattenfall
  15. Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
  16. Country code on European number plates: S
  17. Internet-Domain-Endung: .se
  18. GDP per capita (2019): 51.241 US$
  19. Swedish national anthem: Du gamla, Du fria, (actually there is no official Swedish anthem, but this one has been adopted by convention)
  20. Official language: Swedish
    Here my top tips how to learn Swedish fast. And basic Swedish words and sentences.

Sweden FAQ: my answers to frequently asked questions about Sweden, here

Fun facts about Schweden

  1. Amount of times Sweden won the Eurovision Song Contest: 6
  2. The amount of coffee a typical Swede drinks per day: 3,2 cups
  3. There's a law in Sweden called allemansrätt, freedom to roam, which means that you can go wherever you want in nature, forest and fields, without having to ask for permission. There are some restrictions though: read more about the Swedish allemansrätt.
  4. Swedes have days when they celebrate certain pastries:
    Semla (shrovetide bun), Kanelbulle (cinnamon bun) und Våffel (wafer)
  5. Most common car on Swedish streets: Volvo S90/V90 with its predecessors S80/V70
  6. Swedish names statistics
    1. Most common name for Swedish women: Anna
    2. Most common name for Swedish men: Lars
    3. Most popular girl name for newborn babies in Sweden: Alice
    4. Most popular boy name for newborn babies in Sweden: Lucas
    5. Most common last name in Sweden: Johansson
  7. The distance from north to south is 1,572 km (~977 mi), which is about the same distance as from the town Ystad in the south of Sweden to Naples (south of Rome) in Italy.

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