Kingdom of Sweden

Konungariket Sverige

Political Status: Constitutional monarchy established June 6, 1809; under revised constitution effective January 1, 1975.

Area: 173,731 sq. mi. (449,964 sq. km.).

Population: 9,000,000 (2003); 9,011,000 (2004E).

Major Urban Centers (1999E): STOCKHOLM (761,721), Göteborg (478,055), Malmö (267,171), Uppsala (180,669).

Official Language: Swedish.

Monetary Unit: Krona (official rate July 1, 2005: 7.85 kronor = $1US).

Sovereign: King CARL XVI GUSTAF; succeeded to the throne September 19, 1973, following the death of his grandfather, King GUSTAF VI ADOLF.

Heir Apparent: Princess VICTORIA Ingrid Alice Désirée, daughter of the king.

Prime Minister: Göran PERSSON (Social Democratic Labor Party); took office as head of minority government on March 17, 1996, in succession to Ingvar CARLSSON (Social Democratic Labor Party); remained head of minority government following general election of September 15, 2002.

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