Sweden Fun & Facts

Sweden Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • Sweden pays students US$187 per month to attend high school.
  • Sweden banned spanking and other corporal punishments of children in 1979.
  • Sweden had a Charles VII but no Charles I to VI.
  • There's a Golf Club on the border of Sweden and Finland: half the holes are in one country and half in the other.
  • 89% of people in Sweden speak English.
  • Advertising to children under the age of 12 is illegal in Norway and Sweden.
  • Aborting a child because of its gender is legal in Sweden.
  • In 1974, Kim Il-sung took 1,000 Volvo sedans from Sweden to North Korea and never paid for them.
  • Sweden has run out of trash so it's importing garbage from Norway
  • The band Abba wore ridiculous outfits to avoid Sweden's taxes, which allowed deductions for clothing if it wasn't meant to be used every day.
  • Swedish wasn't made the official language of Sweden until 2009.
  • Every year since 1966, the town of Gavle, Sweden, erects a giant straw goat for Christmas, and almost every year, vandals burn it.
  • Passports issued by the UK, Sweden and Finland offer visa-free travel to more countries than any other passports.
  • In Sweden, parents are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave when a child is born or adopted.
  • The official Twitter account of @Sweden is given to a random citizen every week to manage.
  • To study the health effects of coffee, King Gustav III of Sweden commuted the death sentences of a pair of twins on the condition that one drank 3 pots of coffee and the other tea for the rest of their lives.
  • File-sharing is an official religion in Sweden. It holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols.
  • King Charles XIV of Sweden had a tattoo that read "Death to Kings"
  • There's a cruise ship that runs between Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, just to purchase cheap alcohol.
  • Sweden's Volvo made the three-point seatbelt design patent open and available to other car manufacturers for free, in the interest of safety. It saves one life every 6 minutes.
  • In Brazil, just 43% of adults have a high-school degree. In Sweden, it's 87%.
  • Sweden and Norway formed a United Kingdom from 1814 to 1905.
  • There are tuition-free Universities in Finland, Austria, Norway, Germany, and Sweden with careers in English for international students.
  • A man rode his bike from Sweden to Mount Everest and then tried to summit. He turned around 300 feet from the top.
  • Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is built on 14 islands, and the city centre is virtually situated on the water.
  • 99% of Denmark's Jews survived the Holocaust because the Danish organized a massive evacuation to neutral Sweden.
  • You can't name your child "Ikea" or "Elvis" in Sweden.
  • In 2011, a man was arrested in Sweden for splitting an atom in his kitchen.
  • Ikea names sofas, coffee tables and bookshelves after places in Sweden; beds, wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway; carpets after places in Denmark and dining tables and chairs after places in Finland.
  • In 1954, archaeologists excavating an 8th-century Viking settlement in Sweden found a Buddha statuette from India.
  • Absolut Vodka used to belong to Sweden's government, until they sold it in 2008 for US$8.3 Billion to Pernod Ricard.
  • A former king of Sweden, Eric of Pomerania, became a pirate after he lost the throne.
  • Sweden has the largest scale model of the solar system in the world. It is in the scale of 1:20 million and stretches 950 km across the country.
  • Homosexuality was still classified as an illness in Sweden in 1979. Swedes protested by calling in sick to work, claiming they "felt gay".
  • Swedish blood donors first recieve a 'Thank you' text when they initially donate blood, but they also recieve a text whenever their blood is used to help someone.
  • Only one of Sweden's top 20 surnames doesn't end in "son": Lindberg.
  • Sweden has a bigger share of foreign-born residents than the U.S.
  • September 3, 1967, was "Dagen H" day in Sweden: traffic switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right.