Quick facts about Sweden
Sweden is ranked as one of the top 5 countries in the world when it comes to providing higher education, and the Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a second language in the world.
- Learn more about the ranking of higher education systems on the Universitas 21 website
- Learn more about English proficiency levels on the Education First website
Ranked as the 3rd most innovative nation in the world, Sweden also has the largest number of global companies per capita. Globally recognised trademarks from Sweden include IKEA, Ericsson, Volvo, Tetra Pak, ABB, H&M, Atlas Copco, Astra Zeneca, SKF, Absolut Vodka and Saab, to name a few.
Prestige and creativity
Home of the Nobel Prize, the world's most prestigious academic distinction, Sweden enjoys great international respect for innovative and creative thinking and for encouraging close cooperation between academia and industry. Sweden is ranked among the leading creative countries in the world.
- Learn more about the Nobel Prize on the official Nobel Prize website
- Learn more about the world's most creative countries on the World Economic Forum website
Focus on sustainability
Sweden is a modern, eco-conscious country ranked as the most sustainable country in the world by Robecosam. For most Swedes, sustainability is a way of life, for instance 99% of all rubbish is recycled and Swedish businesses have a long history of active sustainable business practices.
An equal, multicultural society
Equality and transparency along with a strong social safety net are key factors in Swedish society. Democratic principles shape not only the way Sweden is governed, but all levels of society – from preschool to the workplace.
As one of the highest ranked nations for integration in a recent EU study, Sweden is an open multicultural society with roughly 200 nationalities represented in the country. Almost 20 percent of the population has roots in other countries.
The Swedes have worked hard to build a society that promotes equality between the sexes, tolerance and inclusiveness, and it is therefore no surprise that Sweden is among the top countries in the international ranking lists for equality.
Full religious freedom is legally guaranteed in Sweden, which gives every individual the right to belong to the church or the religion of his or her choice. In international terms, Sweden stands out as one of the most secularised countries in the world.
Sweden is located in the Scandinavia region of Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the north-west, Finland to the north-east and Denmark to the south, via the connecting Öresund bridge.
By size, Sweden is one of Europe’s largest countries, comparable to Spain or France, but in terms of population it is a small country; it has only 10 million inhabitants. Nearly 90% of the population lives in the southern part of the country.
- Area: 450 000 km² (174 000 sq miles), the third largest country in Western Europe
- Capital: Stockholm
- Population: 10 million
- Language: Swedish (English is widely spoken)
- Form of government: constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy
- Life expectancy: men 80.7 years; women 84.1 years
- Time zone: GMT+1