Sweden facts

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.

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