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Located in the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Sweden is the largest of the five Nordic countries. It is bordered to the north and west by Norway, northeast by Finland, on the east by the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic Sea to the southwest by the Sound, the Kattegat and Skagerrak . It also includes the islands of Gotland and Öland in the Baltic Sea. Covering an area of 449,964 km², it extends from north to south about 1600 km and from east to west about 500 km. Many rivers have significant hydroelectric potential. Sweden, which extends from the latitude of Moscow to beyond the Arctic Circle, is a mixed country with a great diversity of landscapes. The forest, increasingly dense towards the North, covering 59% of the territory.

Sweden benefited a semi-continental climate tempered by the Gulf Stream and westerly winds from the North Atlantic, in the southern part. This maritime influence is limited in winter by cold air masses from the east, especially in the north, who knows a subarctic climate (15% of the territory is located beyond the Arctic Circle). Spring and autumn are becoming shorter gradually as one goes up in latitude; the contrast is so striking between the winter when the nights are long and the summer where the sun does not set for several weeks. The average annual rainfall is about 50 mm in the form of rain and snow.


Official name: Kingdom of Sweden
Type of government: Constitutional monarchy
Head of State: King Carl XVI Gustaf since September 15, 1973
Head of Government: Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic) since October 3, 2014


Area: 450,000 km²
Capital: Stockholm
Main cities: Göteborg, Malmö, Uppsala, Linköping
Official language: Swedish
Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK)
National Day: June 6

Demography of Sweden

Population: 9,716,962 (2014)
Density: 21.1 hab./km²
Population growth: 8 per 1,000 inhab. (2014)
Life expectancy: 79.6 years for men and 83.6 years for women
Literacy rate: 100%
Religion (s): 80% of the population belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran national church
Human Development Index: 0.898 (12th) in 2014

Economy Sweden

(Sources: European Commission)
GDP: € 430.63 billion in 2014
GDP per capita (2014): € 44,000
growth rate: 2% in 2014, forecast 2015: 2.4%
Unemployment rate: 7.9% in 2014
Inflation: 0.2% in 2014
Public budget balance: -2.4% in 2014, forecast 2015: -1.8%
Trade Balance (2014): + € 1.3 billion (export: € 123.7 billion – import.. € 122.4 billion)
Main clients (2014): Norway (10.4%), Germany (9.7%), UK (7.0%), Finland (7.0%), Denmark (6.9%), States States (6.3%)
Main suppliers: Germany (17.2%), Norway (7.9%), Netherlands (7.7%), Denmark (7.3%), UK (6.2%), China (5 , 3%)
Share of main sectors in GDP:

Agriculture: 1.8%
Industry: 26.3%
Services: 70.7%

Exports from France to Sweden: 4.97 bn € in 2014
French imports from Sweden: € 5.62 billion in 2014
Trade balance: -0.66 billion € in 2014
Market share of France in Sweden: 4.4% (2014)


Consular Section: Stockholm
French community in Sweden: 6899 registered in 2015 + 2500 approx. non members
Swedish community in France between 20 and 25,000 people
The EU and the countries

Member of the EU since 1995.
An opt-out, de facto: Economic and Monetary Union

Contribution to the EU budget in 2013: € 4.211 million (France: € 23,292 million)
Annual return on the EU budget in 2013: 1,661 M € (France: € 14,239 million)
Including cohesion policy: € 289 million (France: € 2,603 ​​million)
Including natural resources (including CAP): € 907 million (France: € 9,619 million)
net contributor – 2.221 M €; – 0.51% of GNI
Total EU funds allocated for 2007-2013: € 20 billion (against € 140 billion for France)

Number of MEPs: 20 of 751 in 2014; 18 previously
Number of votes in EU Council: 10 of 345 (29 for France, Germany and Italy)

Source: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr


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