Sweden Demographics

What is the population of Sweden?

Population 10,202,491
Population Growth Rate 0.18%
Urban Population 85.2%
Population in Major Urban Areas STOCKHOLM (capital) 1.385 million
Nationality Noun Swede(s)
Nationality Adjective Swedish
Ethnic Groups indigenous population: Swedes and Finnish and Sami minorities; foreign-born or first-generation immigrants: Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks
Languages Spoken Swedish
Language Note The numbers in Swedish and in English are very similar. If, for example, you want to say 31 you just take the word for 30, "trettio", and the word for 5, "fem", and put them together to make "trettiofem". This works in exactly the same way as it does in English.  Sweden uses the Roman alphabet with three extra letters.  å ö ä.  Some words are the same in English and Swedish for example "man" and "person" are the same.

Sweden Health Information

What are the health conditions in Sweden?

Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 10.22
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 100%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 100%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 9.4%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.1%
HIV/Aids Deaths 90
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 2.7
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 2.57
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 2.89
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 2.73
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 4
Mean Age for Mother's First Birth 28.6
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 18.6%
People Living with HIV/AIDS 8,100
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 3.87
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 100%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 100%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 1.67

Sweden Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Sweden?

Life Expectancy at Birth 81 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 83 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 78 Years
Median Age 42 Years
Median Age - female 43 Years
Median Age - male 41 Years

Sweden Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Sweden median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 10
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 10.22
Median Age 42 Years
Median Age - female 43 Years
Median Age - male 41 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population 1.64
Population Growth Rate 0.18%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.06
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.06
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.04
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.06
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female .98
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .81

Sweden Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Sweden?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Medical care in Sweden is comparable to that found in the United States. The Swedish medical system is state-run, so instead of visiting a local private general practitioner, you can visit a local medical center or clinic, called an "Akutmottagning" or "Vardcentral." You should be prepared to present your passport. The Swedish medical system does not cover people who don’t live in Sweden; nonresidents are expected to pay their own medical costs. In case of a medical emergency, use the emergency telephone number "112" to contact the appropriate emergency service.

If you have special needs, you should consult your personal physician and take appropriate precautions, including bringing adequate supplies of necessary medication. You can bring medicines into the country as long as they are intended for a medical reason and your personal use. Medications categorized as narcotics may only be brought into the country to cover your personal use for a maximum of five days, three weeks, or three months,depending on the type, and must be accompanied by a note from your medical doctor stating why you need them. Class II and Class III narcotics may only be brought into Sweden to cover your personal use for a maximum of five days each time you enter Sweden. Medications categorized Class IV and Class V narcotics may be brought into the country to cover your personal use for three weeks, however if you are a foreign resident and in Sweden only temporarily, you may bring enough for the duration of your stay in Sweden, up to a maximum of three months. To find out the classification of your medication contact the Medical Products Agency in Sweden.

In addition, stringent Swedish customs regulations prohibit travelers from receiving drugs from abroad after having arrived in the country. You may find local physicians reluctant to prescribe equivalent quantities or dosages. Prescriptions are dispensed at pharmacies called "Apotek" in Swedish. Most pharmacies are open only during normal shopping hours, but major cities will have a 24-hour pharmacy.

Sweden Education

What is school like in Sweden?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 7%
Literacy - female 99%
Literacy - male 99%
Literacy - total population 99%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 17 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 15 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 16 Years

Sweden Literacy

Can people in Sweden read?

Literacy - female 99%
Literacy - male 99%
Literacy - total population 99%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language Swedish

Sweden Learning

What is school like in Sweden?

Education Culture

 Pre-school education in Sweden belongs to the public-care sector and is regulated under the Social Services Act of 1980. Only pre-school for 6 year-olds is free of charge. All public child-care is co-educational.
Swedish children are required to attend school from ages 7 to 16.  The government provides free elementary and high school education.  Swedish schools include primary and secondary education.  The primary school has three divisions, first through third graders are in the junior state, fourth through sixth graders are in the intermediate state.  Children in the intermediate state must study English and many continue to study English in high school.  Students enter the Senior state in seventh grade.  They begin to choose their own subjects.  In ninth grade students select a specific course of study such as general education, home economics or technology. 
Some children go to secondary school after primary school. Children can choose from three types of secondary schools.  One type prepares students for a university. Another type provides courses in social, economic and technical subjects. The third type offers programs in areas such as industry, handicrafts and home economics.

 

Sweden Crime

Is Sweden a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Sweden has a low crime rate, though violent crime does occur on occasion. Most crimes involve the theft of personal property from cars or residences or in public areas. Pickpockets and purse-snatchers are becoming more prevalent. Many U.S. citizens fall victim to these highly-skilled thieves, especially at the main train stations in Stockholm and Gothenburg, and while riding the bus or train to and from airports. Do not put any bags containing valuables, such as your passport, down on the ground. Thieves particularly like computer bags. Pickpockets and purse-snatchers often work in pairs or groups so one can distract the victim while the other grabs the items; often, they operate in or near major tourist attractions such as Stockholm's Old Town, and also at restaurants, amusement parks, museums, bars, public transportation, including airports. Hotel breakfast rooms and lobbies attract professional, well-dressed thieves who blend in with guests and target purses and briefcases left unguarded by unsuspecting tourists and business travelers. Don’t leave your valuables in parked vehicles.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal to bring back into the United States, if you purchase them, you may also be breaking local law.

Sweden Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Sweden, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but illegal in the United States, and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs in Sweden are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. There is no bail system in Sweden, and U.S. citizens who are arrested may be held in custody until the trial is complete. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Sweden, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not at your destination.

Arrest notifications in host country: While some countries will automatically notify the U.S. Embassy if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the U.S. Embassy as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.

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