Sweden (i/ˈswiːdən/SWEE-dən; Swedish:Sverige[ˈsvæːrjə]listen), officially the Kingdom of Sweden (Swedish: Konungariket Sverige), is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860sqmi), Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of over 9.8 million. Sweden consequently has a low population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometre (54/sqmi), with the highest concentration in the southern half of the country. Approximately 85% of the population lives in urban areas. Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is heavily forested. Sweden is part of the geographical area of Fennoscandia.
Germanic peoples have inhabited Sweden since prehistoric times, emerging into history as the Geats/Götar and Swedes/Svear and constituting the sea peoples known as the Norsemen. Sweden emerged as an independent and unified country during the Middle Ages. In the 17th century, it expanded its territories to form the Swedish Empire, which became one of the great powers of Europe until the early 18th century. Swedish territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were gradually lost during the 18th and 19th centuries, beginning with the annexation of present-day Finland by Russia in 1809. The last war in which Sweden was directly involved was in 1814, when Norway was militarily forced into personal union.
The name of Sweden (Swedish Sverige[ˈsvær.jə]listen) is ultimately derived from the ethnonym of the Swedes.
The English name was loaned from Dutch in the 17th century to refer to Sweden as an emerging great power. Before Sweden's imperial expansion, Early Modern English used Swedeland.
The Old English name of Sweden was Sweoland or Sweorice, land or realm of the Sweonas, The Germanic tribes of the Sviar (Old NorseSvíþjóð). The name of the Sviar itself is derived from a Proto-Norse*Swihoniz, presumably a self-designation containing the Germanic reflexive *swe- "one's own, self".
The modern English name Sweden is exceptional in being loaned from Dutch. Before the gradual introduction of Sweden in the 17th century, English used Swedeland.
It is based on Middle DutchZweden, the Dutch name of Sweden, and in origin the dative plural of Zwede "Swede".
It has been in use in English from about 1600, first recorded in Scottish Swethin, Swadne.
Country names based on a dative plural in -n became productive in German and Dutch in the 15th century; compare German Italien "Italy", Spanien "Spain", Rumänien "Romania", Ungarn "Hungary".
Ulf Kristersson’s national television broadcast ... “This is a difficult time for Sweden. A 25-year-old woman went to bed last night on a completely ordinary evening but never got to wake up,” Sweden’s prime minister Ulf Kristersson said in a rare televised address to the nation last week.
Migrant GanglandChaos — Sweden ask Military For HelpAmidDaily Shootings & Bombings. Sweden is facing its most serious domestic security situation since the second world war ... “Sweden has never before seen anything like this,” Kristersson said of soaring violent crime during a Thursday televised speech to the nation.
Criminals in Sweden aren't just ...Prime MinisterUlf Kristersson took the unusual (for Sweden) step of calling in the military to help overwhelmed police forces "hunt down" and defeat the gangs, in a televised speech earlier this week. "Sweden has never seen anything like this.
Criminals in Sweden...Prime MinisterUlf Kristersson took the unusual (for Sweden) step of calling in the military to help overwhelmed police forces “hunt down” and defeat the gangs, in a televised speech earlier this week. “Sweden has never seen anything like this.
In a televised address to the nation on Thursday, he said Sweden had not seen anything like it before and that "no other country in Europe" was experiencing this kind of situation, reports the BBC...Last year, more than 60 people died in shootings in Sweden -- the highest on record.
Sweden is facing a growing crisis Friday as it struggles to contain a surge in gang-related violence, with 13 killed in the last 15 days, according to officials. The country has held the distinction of leading European nations in armed attacks and murders per capita for the past five years, according to a report by Swedish state television.
list 3 of 4Woman arrested after spraying Quran burner with fire extinguisher in Sweden... “Sweden has never before seen anything like this,” Kristersson said on Thursday in a rare televised address to the nation ... “This is a difficult time for Sweden,” Kristersson said in his speech.
Getting the military involved in crime-fighting would be a highly unusual step for Sweden, underscoring the severity of the gang violence that has claimed a dozen lives across the country this month, including teenagers and innocent bystanders ... "Sweden has never before seen anything like this," Kristersson said in a televised speech to the nation.
Sweden’s prime minister said Thursday he has summoned the army chief to discuss how the armed forces can help police deal with an unprecedented crime wave that has shocked the country with near-daily shootings and bombings ... “Sweden has never seen anything like this before,” Kristersson said in a televised address to the nation.
Getting the military involved in crime-fighting would be a highly unusual step for Sweden, underscoring the severity of the gang violence that has claimed a dozen lives across the country this month, including teenagers and innocent bystanders ... “Sweden has never before seen anything like this,” Kristersson said in a televised speech to the nation.
The parliamentary factions of the ruling parties have so far been unable to make a decision in favor of Sweden joining NATO because they are waiting for an explanation on the lying film about Hungary made by Swedish public television, the leader of the Fidesz faction said at a ...
21 (Xinhua) -- Hungary's ruling parties are holding back their support to Sweden's NATO accession this year after a Swedish public service television produced a controversy film about Hungary ... and factional support for Sweden's NATO membership in the wake of the film.
BUDAPEST, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Hungary is not sure it needs to approve Sweden's bid to join NATO, the parliament speaker told local television late on Sunday, potentially signalling further delays to the process ... of the ruling Fidesz party, told HirTV, referring to Sweden.