Sweden

Sweden

Overview

 

The Kingdom of Sweden, located on Northern Europe’s Scandinavian Peninsula is a Nordic country which shares borders with Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by the Oresund Bridge.

 

The capital, Stockholm, is Sweden’s largest city with a population of over 2 million.

 

A constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy, Sweden has the most competitive economy of the European Union states, and is one of the most affluent countries in the world.

Culture

 

Literature is big in Sweden, with a total of seven Swedes having won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

Swedes’ appetite for the written word is also expressed in their mass consumption of newspapers. They are amongst the biggest newspaper readers in the world, with a local paper being printed in almost every town.

 

Fashion is also big in Sweden, with popular clothing brands like H&M, Gant and Lindex basing their headquarters there.
 

Famous People


Swedes have had a particularly good showing in the realm of pop music, none bigger than ABBA. Other international musical successes include Roxette, Ace of Base and the Cardigans.

 

Cinema greats such as the filmmaker Ingmar Bergman and the actress Greta Garbo also hail from Sweden.

 

Other famous Swedes include the painters Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson.
One of Sweden’s most famous people is author Astrid Lindgren’s brainchild, the children’s story heroine Pippi Longstocking.

Casinos in Sweden

 

While Sweden isn’t typically a big gambling destination, there are a number of casinos in Sweden. Casinos can be found in Gothenburg (Casino Cosmopol Gothenburg), Malmö (Casino Cosmopol Malmö), Sundsvall (Casino Cosmopol Sundsvall), and Stockholm (Casino Cosmopol Stockholm). There is also a horseracing track, the Taby Racecourse, in the city of Taby.

Upcoming Events Across Europe

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    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

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