Kingdom of Sweden
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: 8,975,670 (2003C); 9,723,809 (2014E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Centers (2007C): STOCKHOLM (788,000), Göteborg (490,000), Malmö (278,000), Uppsala (185,000).
Official Language: Swedish.
Monetary Unit: Krona (official rate October 1, 2014: 7.21 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: Stefan LÖFVEN (Social Democrats); elected by the Riksdag on October 2, 2014, to succeed Fredrik REINFELDT (Moderate Party), following the legislative elections of September 14; formed minority government on October 3, 2014.
Situated on the Baltic side of ...