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Sweden
Sweden is a Nordic country, located on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden shares land borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast and is linked to Denmark via the Øresund Bridge in the south.

With 450 295 km², Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union in terms of area and has a total population of about 9.2 million. Sweden has a low population density, with about 21 inhabitants per square kilometer, but with a considerably higher density in the southern half of the country. About 85% of the population lives in urban areas. Sweden's capital and largest city is Stockholm (with a population of 1.3 million in the urban area and 2 million in the metropolitan area), the center of the country's political and economic power. Sweden has been a founding member of the UN, the European Union since 1 January 1995, and the OECD.
Documentation
Visa Scheme: No visa is required for EU citizens or holders of permanent EU residence. Sweden is part of the Schengen area. For stays longer than 3 months, a residence permit must be requested from the Migration Services (Migrationsverket) located at Pyramidvägen 2, 169 56 Solna (Phone: 077-1235235).
Official language
Swedish
Currency
Swedish krona
Tourism
Here there is no monument or building of sweeping lines, historic park, church or palace that causes sighs. At least no international fame. Its charm is in the harmony of the whole. Sitting on a large archipelago, where clean-water canals zigzag under endless bridges, the city exudes charm in its design shops (jewelery, crystal, furniture, whatever) and sometimes medieval, sometimes avant-garde architecture. This all makes tourists walk more slowly to appreciate such beauty. It's all charming. Most of its formidable museums do not charge admission, which is quite interesting. One of the city's best attractions is the Vasamuseet, which houses a 17th-century ship that sank on its debut voyage and was recovered and restored in the 20th century. Be sure to pass the Royal Palace - whose inhabitants, the Bernadotte dynasty, are descended from a Napoleonic Marshal, Storkyrkan Cathedral and the Nobel Prize Museum. Climb to the top of Katarinahissen for breathtaking views of the city and navigate the cruising canals. Finally, get lost in Gamla Stan, the beautiful medieval quarter, the oldest part of the city.
Gastronomy
Swedish cuisine is based on meat and dairy products, fish, wild berries such as blueberries and cranberries, with which jams are often made with the food. Potatoes are the normal accompaniment to Swedish food, cooked or mashed, although other vegetables such as cucumbers, fresh or pickled are also used.

In Sweden a wide variety of breads are eaten, from soft to crispy, mainly rye, but also wheat (or its wild variety, spelled), barley, dark or light dough, often using whole flour and even with sour dough. Cakes and cookies are also much appreciated.

Reindeer meat is consumed in the north of the country, and in the south there is a greater use of vegetables. The most consumed fish are cod, mackerel, herring and salmon.

A Swedish specialty is smörgåsbord, a buffet bringing together various delicacies.

Traditionally, Swedes are quite open to culinary influences from other countries, as can be seen from the consumption of pizza, hamburger, and Chinese food.
Weather
Most of Sweden has a temperate climate despite its northern latitude, with four distinct seasons and mild temperatures all year round. The country can be divided into three types of climate; the southernmost part has an oceanic climate, the central part has a humid continental climate and the northern part has a sub-arctic climate. However, Sweden is much warmer and drier than other places at a similar latitude, and even slightly further south, mainly due to the Gulf Stream. For example, central and southern Sweden have much warmer winters than many parts of Russia, Canada, and the northern United States. Because of its high latitude, the length of the day varies greatly. In the north of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets part of each summer and it never rises part of each winter. In the capital, Stockholm, the day lasts over 18 hours at the end of June, but only about six hours at the end of December. Sweden receives between 1,100 and 1,900 hours of sunshine a year.

Temperatures vary from north to south. The southern and central parts of the country have hot summers and cold winters, with average high temperatures of 20 to 25 ° C15 and low temperatures of 12 to 15 ° C16 in summer and average temperatures of -4 to 2 ° C in winter, while the The north of the country has shorter, cooler summers and longer, cooler, snowy winters, with temperatures often below freezing from September to May. Occasional heat waves can occur a few times a year and temperatures above 30 ° C occur on several days during the summer, sometimes even in the north. The highest temperature ever recorded in Sweden was 38 ° C in Malilla in 1947, while the lowest temperature ever recorded was -52.6 ° C in Vuoggatjålme in 1966.20 21

On average, most of Sweden receives between 500 and 800 mm (20 and 31) of precipitation per year, making it considerably drier than the global average. The southwestern part of the country receives more rainfall, between 1000 and 1200 mm and some mountain areas in the north of the country are estimated to receive up to 2,000 mm. Snow occurs mainly between December and March in southern Sweden, from November to April in central Sweden and from October to May in northern Sweden. Although northern, southern and central Sweden tend to be virtually snow free in some winters.
Safety
Satisfactory safety conditions and precautions must be taken in large cities. Local police circulate regularly in urban centers, maintaining public order efficiently.
 
In the event of theft, in addition to immediate reporting to the police, it is advisable to report the incident to the Consular Section of the embassy in Stockholm.
Health
Health Network: Excellent.
Electricity and Telecommunications
Electricity
The electricity is 230V and 50 Hz.
It is advisable to have a universal outlet adapter kit.

Telecommunications
Functional telephone network, with mobile phone usage being quite wide. EU mobile communications networks have roaming agreements with Swedish companies, so it is possible to use mobile phones from your country throughout Sweden.
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