Kingdom of Sweden

Konungariket Sverige

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

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

Population: 8,587,353 (1990C); 9,179,000 (2007E).

Major Urban Centers (2007C): STOCKHOLM (788,000), Göteborg (490,000), Malmö (278,000), Uppsala (185,000).

Official Language: Swedish.

Monetary Unit: Krona (official rate November 1, 2008: 7.80 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: Crown Princess VICTORIA Ingrid Alice Désirée, daughter of the king.

Prime Minister: Fredrik REINFELDT (Moderate Coalition Party); elected by the Riksdag to succeed Göran PERSSON (Swedish Social Democratic Party) on October 5, 2006.

The Country

Situated on the Baltic side of the Scandinavian Peninsula and projecting north of the Arctic Circle, Sweden ...

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