Country: Sweden

Population: 9,031,088

Capital: Stockholm

Time Zone: UTC+1

Currency Name: Swedish krona (SEK)

Government Type: constitutional monarchy

Languages: Swedish, small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities

Ethnic Breakdown: indigenous population: Swedes with Finnish and Sami minorities; foreign-born or first-generation immigrants: Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks

Religion: Lutheran 87%, other (includes Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist) 13%

Major Cities: Stockholm

Phone Country Code: 46

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.visitsweden.com/

High Travel Season: July - August

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, f

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), January 6 (Epiphany), Easter, May 1 (May Day), Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, June 6 (National Day), Misummer Day, All Saints Day, December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (Boxing Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: The Nobel prizes are awarded every December 10th in Sweden and Norway. Alfred Nobel was Swedish.