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Total area: 173,731 sq mi (449,964 sq km)
Population (2022 est.): 10.42 million
Capital and largest city (2022 est est.): Stockholm, 1,657,000
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Other large cities (2014 est.): Gteborg, 536,790; Malm, 303,873
Monetary unit: Krona
National name: Konungariket Sverige
Language: Swedish, small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
Ethnicity/race: indigenous population: Swedes with Finnish and Sami minorities; foreign-born or first-generation immigrants: Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks
Religions: Lutheran 87%, other (includes Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist) 13%
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National Holiday: June 6, Sweden National Day.
Since 1812 Sweden's borders have been unchanged and Sweden has not participated in any war in almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both World Wars.
Despite its small population and large area, Sweden is a technologically advanced country with good infrastructure, including an efficient transportation and communications system.
Indecision over the country's role in the political and economic integration of Europe caused Sweden not to join the EU until 1995, and to forgo the introduction of the euro in 1999.
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