What do you know about Sweden?
Welcome to a brief introduction of Sweden. Since we like to
think about ourselves as being up to date we'll introduce you with edutainment
(fun and facts, that is).
Try the quiz below. Since Sweden is no
longer the wealthy nation it used to be we can't afford to offer nice prizes.
But we do offer knowledge and our warmest welcome. Good hunting.
Question 1: Which one is the Swedish flag?
Facts and Figures: Sweden, some
Sweden is located in the northern parts of Europe with
an area of about 450,000 sq.km. That's roughly the size of California or Spain
and twice that of the United Kingdom. Only about 9 million people live in
Sweden, which means there's a lot of space! The southern third is by far the
most populated region in i Sweden.
Question 2: OK, it's getting tougher: Which is the
capital of Sweden?
Facts and Figures:
Tourism in Sweden
It's cheap to visit Sweden today. The Swedish
currency, the krona, has taken a plunge compared to other currencies. Bad news
for Swedes, good news for you.
Perhaps you're interested in learning
some common Swedish phrases.
A few of these phrases are also available as sampled audio.
Question 3: Which one of these two Swedish companies
makes heavy trucks?
Facts and figures: important
800-1050 A D
The Viking Age. The
Vikings worshipped the Asa gods such as Oden and Thor. The origin of the word
Thursday comes from the Swedish word Torsdag, meaning... you guessed it...
Thors day. Actually, most of the days of the week come from Nordic mythology.
Sweden becomes unified. Olof Skötkonung is the
Sweden becomes christianized.
The Great Power period. Many wars lead to the
expansion of Swedish territory.
Sweden acquires its
present borders. This is also the last time Sweden was engaged in war (We have
been very fortunate in that sense).
The breakthrough of
industrialism in Sweden.
Sweden is neutral during
the World War II.
With industry intact after WW2, and
with high quality engineering, Sweden becomes one of the wealthiest countries
in the world.
Sweden becomes a member of the European
Question 4: How do you say hello in Swedish?
Facts and figures: Some well known Swedes:
- the Nobel Prize
- Absolut Vodka
- Volvo (which is Latin for "I roll")
- Björn Borg, the tennis player
- Greta Garbo
- Bergman (both Ingrid and Ingmar, not related)
- Smörgåsbord (is Swedish for "table of
- Celsius (invented the Centrigrade system)
- Ace of Base
- SKF (makes ball bearings)
- The propeller
- The zip
- The Ombudsman
Question 5: How is Sweden spelled in Swedish?
Facts and figures: A typical Swede
Statistics The Swedes appreciate foreign visitors.
Most Swedes speak English, and many also French or German. You will feel
Living How does a Swede live? Well, just take a look
in the IKEA catalogue and you'll find out.
Industry & Trade
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