Did you know this about Sweden?

April 4, 2011 0:01 AM

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- The capital of Sweden
is Stockholm.

- Form of government in Sweden is constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy.

- The population of Sweden in 2010 was approximately 9.3 million.

- Sweden is one of the countries with the highest average life expectancy in the world.   In 2010 the average life expectancy was; for men 79.1 years and women 83.2 years.

- Sweden has the highest number of McDonald's restaurants per person in Europe.

- The two most watched TV-shows in Sweden during 2010 were:

Melodifestivalen - Swedish song contest. The singer who wins this contest represents Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Donald Duck "From All of Us to All of You". This cartoon first aired on Christmas Eve in Sweden 1960. And it has continually been one of the most watched TV-shows every year since then.

- Sweden hosted the Summer Olympics in 1912 and FIFA World Cup in 1958.

- The three most popular sports in Sweden are:

Football (soccer)

Ice hockey


- Some Swedish inventions are:

The pacemaker - invented in 1958 by Rune Elmqvist.

The three-point seat belt - invented in 1959 by Nils Bohlin.

- invented in 1951 by Erik Wallenberg and his team.

The zipper - invented in 1913 by Gideon Sundbäck.

Dynamite - invented in 1866 by Alfred Nobel, who also instituted the Nobel Prizes.

Not even I knew all this before I did some research for this post, hehe. What really surprised me was the McDonald's thing. Yikes! And I didn't know that we had hosted the Summer Olympics either, cool. :-)

Sources: VisitSweden, DagensMedia, Wiki, SverigeTurism

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