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About Sweden

Area: 450,000 km² (174,000 sq. mi.), third largest country in Western Europe
Longest north-south distance: 1,574 km (978 mi.)
Longest east-west distance: 499 km (310 mi.)
Forests: 53 %
Cultivated land: 8 %
Mountains: 11 % (Highest mountain: Kebnekaise, 2,111 metres)
Lakes and rivers: 9 % (Nearly 100,000 lakes, biggest lake: Vänern, 5,585 km2; Longest river: Klarälven-Göta älv, 720 km)
Population: 9 million inhabitants
Capital: Stockholm
Average life expectancy: men 78 years, women 82 years.
Languages: Swedish; recognized minority languages: Sami, Finnish, Meänkieli (Tornedalen Finnish), Yiddish, Romani Chib.
Religion: 80 % belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy.
Parliament: The Riksdag, with 349 members in one chamber.
Head of State: King Carl XVI Gustaf, since 1973
National day: 6 June
Nationality code: SE
Most important export goods: Electrical and telecom equipment, machinery, passenger cars, paper, pharmaceuticals, iron and steel.
Most important imported goods: Electrical and telecom equipment, machinery, foodstuffs, crude oil, textile products, footwear, passenger cars.

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The economy of Sweden is modern and highly industrialised. It has a modern distribution system, excellent internal and external communications, and a skilled labor force. Timber, hydropower, and iron ore constitute the resource base of an economy heavily oriented toward foreign trade. Main industries include motor vehicles, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and forestry.
Aided by peace and neutrality for the whole of the 20th century, Sweden has achieved an excellent standard of living under a mixed system of high-tech capitalism and extensive welfare benefits. The country is known for its high taxes and large public sector. Sweden has the second highest total tax revenue behind Denmark, as a share of the country's income. As of 2007, total tax revenue was 47.8% of GDP, down from 49.1% 2006.
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Sweden and the Swedish tourism industry have a well-developed infrastructure that compares favourably with the international arena. Sweden has a very well developed highway system and an excellent network of rail, ferry and air transportation. The country also has a tourism profile that is well suited to the demands of travellers from any country. Sweden is a sparsely populated welfare society where everything functions smoothly. Its large areas of untouched land, from the environmental point of view, are free for visitors to roam in.
Both Sweden's nature and culture are considered exotic by many foreign visitors. Sweden is also a safe country to visit, free from political unrest and natural disasters.
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About our work
NordicHouse in Krakow is a consulting company, which was created with the purpose of initiating and developing the interregional cooperation between the Nordic countries and the Southern Poland through promotion of contacts for business, tourism and culture.