Sweden has the reputation of being one of best countries in the world in which to live. Its cities are clean, safe, and friendly, and its wide-open landscapes of forests, lakes, and meadows are largely unspoiled. What is more, its small population of just under nine million people enjoy an enviably high standard of living as well as a generous welfare system. While the majority of Swedes are today urban, they continue to value the traditions of the countryside. Sweden is today respected as a peacemaker and mediator. This reputation, however, belies its past of conquest and war. During medieval times, Swedish Vikings raided lands all over Europe, while, later, the charismatic Vasa kings established a Baltic empire. Book jacket.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
19th century 20th century ancient August Strindberg Baltic Sea became birch Blekinge boats building built called canal capital carved castle celebrate Christian church city's coast country's Dalarna Danish Denmark economic elected empire Engelbrekt Erik Europe European Union exports festivals Finland fishing forests Gamla Stan German Gota Goteborg Gotland Government of Sweden Gustav Gustavus Adolph Hanseatic important industry island join the European Kalmar known Lake Vanern land landscape Linnaeus live longhouses longships Magnus Malmo medieval monarchy mountains Museum National Park Norrland Norrmalm Norse North Sea northern Norway nuclear Oland Oresund Oresund Link Party percent of Swedes popular population prime minister queen reforms region reigned reindeer Riksdag rivers royal Russia Saint Sami Sami language Scandinavia Scandinavian Skane Social Democrats southern Sweden species square Stockholm summer Svear Swedish king Today towns trade Uppsala Varmland Vasa Vattern Viking Visby vote wood