Home of Volvo and Carola.
Sweden presents visitors with an embarrassment of riches, everything from sophisticated cities to medieval towns to Europe’s last untamed wilderness.
Sweden is the largest of the countries of Scandinavia, in Northern Europe, with a population of about 9 million. It borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark via the bridge of Öresund (Öresundsbron).
The capital of Sweden is Stockholm , located on the east cost.
Sweden is traditionally divided into 25 provinces that roughly match the 21 administrative län (counties). These provinces are grouped into three major regions of ancient origin:
- Norrland is the sparsely populated, northern part of the country (about two-thirds ot the total area), with nine provinces. Lots of wilderness, with forests, lakes, big rivers, enormous marshes and high mountains along the border to Norway. Great for hiking. Largest cities are Sundsvall, Umeå and Luleå.
- Svealand, in the central part of the country, includes Stockholm, Uppsala and the province of Dalarna.
- Götaland, comprising of the ten provinces in the southern part of the country, including the islands (and provinces) of Öland and Gotland. The largest cities in Götaland are Malmö and Gothenburg.
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