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Sweden

AREA: 450,295 km2


CAPITAL: Stockholm


TIME ZONE: UTC+1


LANGUAGE: Swedish, large Finnish (most people speak English)


TELEPHONE CODE: 0046


INTERNET TLD: .se


REGIONS: 
Norrland - the sparsely populated, northern part of the country (It spans more than half of the country's total area), with nine provinces. Lots of wilderness, with forests, lakes, big rivers, enormous marshes and high mountains along the border to Norway. Great for hiking. Largest cities are Gävle, Sundsvall, Umea and Lulea.
Svealand  - the central part of the country, includes Stockholm, Uppsala and the provinces of Dalarna, Närke, Värmland, Södermanland, Uppland and Västmanland.
Götaland - comprised of the ten provinces in the southern part of the country, including the islands (and provinces) of Öland and Gotland. The largest cities in Götaland are Gothenburg in Västergötland and Malmö in Skane.


CLIMATE:
Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude, with four distinct seasons and mild temperatures throughout the year. The country can be divided into three types of climate; the southernmost part has an oceanic climate, the central part has a humid continental climate and the northernmost part has a subarctic climate. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets for part of each summer, and it never rises for part of each winter. In the capital, Stockholm, daylight lasts for more than 18 hours in late June but only around 6 hours in late December. Sweden receives between 1,100 to 1,900 hours of sunshine annually.


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:
January 1 & 2 - New Year's Days
January 5 – Epiphany Eve
January 6 – Epiphany Day
May 1 - May Day
June 6 – Sweden’s National Day
June 22 – Midsummer’s Day
November 1 – All Saints' Day
December 24 – Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 – Boxing Day
December 31 - New Year’s Eve


The following are also public holidays that do not occur on the same date every year: 
Good Friday
Easter
Easter Monday
Ascension Day
Whit Monday


SOURCES:
http://www.visitsweden.com/sweden/Sweden-Facts/Worth-knowing-about-Sweden/Public-holidays/
http://wikitravel.org/en/Sweden
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden#Climate


 

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