Among the Nordic countries, Sweden has the largest population. It is the third-largest country in the EU, and is separated from Norway by mountains, while connected to Denmark by a road and a bridge. Sweden’s economy’s most important areas in 2012 were public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (23.9 %), industry (19.9 %) and wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (17.6 %). Export is mainly done with Norway, Germany and the UK, while import is mainly done with Germany, Norway and Denmark.

Capital : Stockholm

Geographical size : 438 575.8 km2

Population : 9 482 855 (2012)

Population as % of total EU population : 1.9 % (2012)

GDP : € 407.820 billion (2012)

Official EU language(s) : Swedish

Political system : Parliamentary constitutional monarchy

EU member country since : 1 January 1995

Seats in the European Parliament : 20

Currency : Swedish krona SEK

Schengen area member : Yes, Schengen Area member since 19 December 1996.

Presidency of the CouncilSweden has held the revolving presidency of the Council of the EU twice: in 2001 and 2009.

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