A shining beacon of freedom and progress, located in the chilly northern parts of Europe
. Neighbour to Denmark
, and often confused with at least one of them. Most Americans cannot distinguish Sweden from the mountain nation of Switzerland
Famous for not only its a large population of very blonde and beautiful women
, but also its history of Vikings
, the music of partly forgotten bands like Abba
and very high taxes. Under the government of the social democrats, Sweden has the highest tax rate in the world. The corruption is nearly non-existant and the population is well-educated, better than the average European or American citizen. There is no country in the world where atheism is better established than in Sweden, and the Swedish church, unlike the churches in many other countries, has little real power or influence. Sweden is also the most equal country in the world, gender-wise.
An overwhelming majority of Swedes surf the web. Although home to a relatively small part of the world (9 million), Sweden still manages to produce people and projects of great initiative and ingenuity. One of these projets is The Pirate Bay
, the worlds largest BitTorrent tracker site. Another Swedish project is the famous KaZaA
, a peer-to-peer fileshare client. Sweden also produces a lot of good gamers, not seldom seen leading the worldwide scoreboards. Sweden is also home to the Nobel Prize committee and host of the majority of Nobel Prizes.
Famous Swedish words in the English language are "smorgasbord", "tungsten" and "ombudsman". Famous Swedish people are Peter Stormare
, Ingrid Bergman
, Ingemar Bergman
, Stellan Skarsgård
, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
and Alfred Nobel