Top tip: Reindeer herding for the hardy
Sweden is bordered by Norway to the west and Finland to the Northeast, with a long Baltic coast to the east and south. There are a number of different landscapes throughout the country. Approximately half of it is forested and most of the many thousands of lakes are situated in the southern central area. The largest lake is Vanern, which covers an incredible area of 5540 sq. km (2140 sq. miles). To the north is Swedish Lappland which is predominantly mountainous and which stretches into the Arctic Circle.
Sweden is a long country and its climate varies accordingly. Summers can be very hot but get shorter further north where winters can be bitterly cold. The midnight sun is a spectacular sight and can be seen between mid-May and mid-June above the Arctic Circle. In the south the air and water temperatures in the summer are much the same as in the Mediterranean and the area has an excellent sunshine record.
Facts and Figures
|Language||Swedish is the official language, with Finnish an important minority language.|
|Religion||70% Church of Sweden (Lutheran) with significant minority groups including other Christian denominations and Islam.|
|Time||GMT +1 and +2 (summertime)|
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