Land and Climate • Sweden is one of the “three fingers” of Scandinavia. • Sweden has about nine million people and most of them live in the south. • It’s just larger than the state of California, it covers 173,732 sq. miles. • It’s very warm in the summer, where they visit tiny islands, large forests, and lakes. In the winter, the average tem. Is below freezing.
Religion • Swedes are 87% Lutheran. • 13% are other religions. • Most Swedes are Christian, but rarely attend church services.
Vikings • More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings ruled the northern seas. • They were fierce warriors, who used their long ships to travel and trade goods with people in faraway lands. • Or sometimes they just took what they wanted.
Famous people • Alfred B. Nobel: He was a wealthy businessman, who started a estate that is now called the Nobel Prize. He is also the inventor of dynamite. • Astrid Lingren: She is the author of the book series Pippi Longstocking.
History • In 1397, the Kingdom of Sweden joined a union under the control of Denmark. • In 1520,the Danish King ordered death of 82 Swedish in Stockholm. This was called the Stockholm Bloodbath. • This angered a Swede named Gustav Vasta and he led a revolt against the Danes. • On June 6,1523 he was chosen to become king of Sweden.
Recreation • Swedes love to play sports. Popular sportsinclude: skiing and other winter sports, horseback riding, and Bandy. (hockey) • Most towns have lighted exercise trails for jogging in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.
economy • Sweden is a major producer of automobiles such as Volvos and Saabs. • It is highly industrialized and has a educated labor force. • The cost of living there is high, along with salaries.
Family • Most families have 1 or 2 children. • They live in apartments but, most Swedes live in smaller towns. • Sweden is known for it’s wooden red houses built in the 18-1900’s.
Credits • Culture grams. com