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Overview: Sweden

The May riots were looked upon in disbelief by many Stockholm residents as the police station in the north eastern district of Jakobsberg was invaded and a handicraft centre was burnt to the ground.as were some 30 cars. A local school was also vandalised. Overall, in Stockholm, three days of rioting were estimated to have seen over a hundred cars set on fire. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, already on the political back foot as the ruling coalition trailed in the opinion polls, rather lamely remonstrated with the protestors, saying that: ‘There are young people who think that they can change society by violence. Let’s make it clear that that is not possible, that we can’t allow ourselves to be ruled violence.’ Swedes could count themselves lucky that the street protests were not as violent, nor as widespread, as those seen in France and the United Kingdom in recent years. None the less, the violence showed that Sweden’s austerity policies affected those who had the least, and especially affected immigrants. 

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Profile: Sweden 

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Konungariket Sverige (The Kingdom of Sweden)
Head of State: King Carl XVI Gustaf (crowned 19 Sep 1973)
Head of government: Prime Minister Stefan Lofven (SAP) (since 3 Oct 2014)
Ruling party: Minority government lead by Sveriges Socialdemokratiska Srbetareparti (SAP) (Swedish Social Democrats) with Miljöpartiet de Gröna (MP) (Environmental Party the Greens)
Area: 448,964 square km
Population: 9.75 million (2014)
Capital: Stockholm
Official language: Swedish
Currency: Swedish krona (SKr) = 100 öre
Exchange rate: SKr6.78 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$58,491 (2014)
GDP real growth: 2.14% (2014)
GDP: US$570.14 billion (2014)
Labour force: 5.15 million (2014)*
Unemployment: 7.93% (2014)
Inflation: -0.18% (2014)
Balance of trade: US$17.45 billion (2014)
Annual FDI: US$12.30 billion (2011)
* estimated figure

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