An Overview of Sweden

Sweden is known for its historic sights, friendly residents, and great sights. There’s no better place to visit!

When you think about Scandinavia, what country do you think of? For most Americans Sweden may be the first that comes to mind. From their famous ice hotel to the night time northern lights, Sweden is a place like no other.

Sweden is a parliamentary democracy, meaning all power is derived from the people. Their Congress is known as Riksdag and it holds the legislative power. In many ways, rights of Swedes are similar to those of Americans.

Riksdag is made up of 349 representatives. Members are elected through a proportional vote. This means if a party wins 5% of the vote, they will win 5% of the seats.

The Swedish constitution grants citizens the right to procure government information, hold demonstrations, join a political party, and practice their religion. Additionally, Riksdag has passed that laws grant the freedom of the press. In terms of electoral politics, nation-wide elections occur every four years and every member of Riksdag is up for reelection. The electoral system ensures that the composition of Riksdag fairly represents the preferences of the people. The prime minister is nominated by the speaker of Riksdag and must be approved by Riksdag to serve. Prime ministers are not limited by a term limit.

The official language of Sweden is Swedish (shocker), spoken by nearly all of the citizens. Over 75% of Swedes are members of the Church of Sweden, yet only 2% regularly attend church services. Swedes have the reputation of being egalitarian and humble.

They typically speak softly and prefer to listen to other rather than boasting. As a result of their egalitarianism, children are not raised to believe the world revolve

Thousands of tourists visit the Vasa Museum every year. It is one of the most famous museums in Sweden.

s around them. Parents have the right to be absent from work until their child reaches 18 months old and they reduce their workload by 25% until the child reaches 8 years old (and can attend school). Additionally, parents can take up to 60 days off per year to care for sick children. Many public places, including trains, have toy and play areas for children. Tourist websites such as recommend that you maintain eye contact, have a firm handshake, give people personal space, and avoid unnecessary touching.

The Vasa Museum in Stockholm is Sweden’s most popular museum. It is located on the island of Djurgarden and it has the only intact 17th-century ship that has been recovered, the Vasa. Gamla Stan is a small town which began in the 13th century.

Sweden’s famous ice hotel lives in a small town of about 1,000 people, yet over 55,000 tourists visit every year!

The old buildings are painted regularly and maintain the style from the medieval period. It is a nice area to stay if you are looking for anything from luxury boutique hotels to affordable inns and hotels. Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel is located just outside the Arctic Circle (for obvious reasons). It is known for its stunning rooms and furnishings. It is rebuilt each year with a new design. In the summer, the area is used for river rafting, paddle boarding, fishing, and canoeing.

And finally, Stockholm. It is often called the “Venice of the North” because of all the water around the city. You can take trips on the water (in or around the city). Many tours include meals and offer unique views you cannot see anywhere else.


Sweden really is a place like no other. With so much to see and do, it’s certainly the place to visit on your next vacation.