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Facts about Sweden www.sweden.se

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CONTENTS General Information 3 Arts & Culture 15 Economy & Trade 22 Education & Research 34 Government & Politics 43 Society & Welfare 57 Sports & Leisure 72 Technology & Infrastructure 73 Travel & Tourism 77

GENERAL INFORMATION General Facts: 

GENERAL INFORMATION General Facts Area: 450,000 km2 (174,000 sq miles) 9 million inhabitants Capital: Stockholm Other major cities: Göteborg, Malmö Language: Swedish

GENERAL INFORMATION General Facts: 

GENERAL INFORMATION General Facts Constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy Head of state: King Carl XVI Gustaf Prime minister: Göran Persson (leader of the Social Democratic Party) Currency: 1 Swedish krona (SEK) = 100 öre, equal to approximately EUR 0.11or USD 0.14 Average life expectancy: men 77 years, women 82 years

GENERAL INFORMATION Geography: 

GENERAL INFORMATION Geography Forests (mostly coniferous): 54% Mountains: 17% Cultivated land: 8% Lakes and rivers: 9% Highest mountain: Kebnekaise, 2,111 m (6,926 ft) Distance north–south: 1,574 km (977 miles) Distance east–west: 499 km (310 miles)

GENERAL INFORMATION Geography: 

GENERAL INFORMATION Geography Average temperature IN JANUARY IN JULY Malmö -0.2°C (31.6°F) +16.8°C (62.2°F) Stockholm -2.8°C (30.0°F) +17.2°C (63.0°F) Kiruna -16.0°C (3.2°F) +12.8°C (55.0°F) Daylight (approx. values) JANUARY 1 JULY 1 Malmö 7 hours 17 hours Stockholm 6 hours 18 hours Kiruna 0 hours 24 hours

GENERAL INFORMATION History: 

GENERAL INFORMATION History Approx. 10,000 BC: Inland ice started to recede. First settlements in Sweden date from this period. 8,000–6,000 BC: Population of the whole country begins 800–1050: Viking era. Christianization begins 13th century: Colonialization of Finland begins

GENERAL INFORMATION History: 

GENERAL INFORMATION History 1350: Magnus Eriksson’s National Law Code 1397–1521: Sweden, Denmark and Norway united in the Kalmar Union. Sweden gradually acquires Baltic territories. 1523: Gustav Vasa elected King of Sweden 1527: Reformation of the Church 1611–1718: Great Power Era

GENERAL INFORMATION History: 

GENERAL INFORMATION History 1630–48: The Thirty Years’ War 1700–21: Great Northern War. Loss of Baltic possessions. 1719–72: The Era of Liberty. Parliamentary government. Gustav III (1771–1792) reintroduces absolutism 1809: Finland lost to Russia 1814–1905: Union with Norway

GENERAL INFORMATION History: 

GENERAL INFORMATION History 1818: Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte became king under the name of Karl XIV Johan 1850: Industrialization begins 1911:Universal suffrage for men. Women’s suffrage follows in 1921. Sweden remains neutral in world wars I and II 1986: Assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme 1995: Membership of the European Union

GENERAL INFORMATION The Swedish Language: 

GENERAL INFORMATION The Swedish Language Swedish—national language of Sweden, native tongue of some 90 per cent of its inhabitants Nordic language, belonging to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages Also spoken by about 300,000 Finno-Swedes in Finland One common language in Scandinavia until the 9th century. Many runic inscriptions from this period German has influenced Swedish more than any other foreign language Swedish taught at some 200 universities outside Sweden

GENERAL INFORMATION\ Monarchy: 

GENERAL INFORMATION\ Monarchy Early Middle Ages: Elected kings.The Code of Kings 1350 15th century: Establishment of a parliament, the Riksdag, with four estates: nobility, clergy, burghers, and landowning farmers Gustav Vasa. Monarchy becomes hereditary The Era of Liberty: reaction against royal absolutism 1771 Gustav III ascends the throne 1914 Conflict between Gustav V and Parliament over the defence issue Carl XVI Gustaf, king of Sweden since 1973

GENERAL INFORMATION Population: 

GENERAL INFORMATION Population World’s oldest system of population records (since 1686) 71% live in nuclear families (1990 census) 80% live in urban areas and along the coast Fertility rate: 1.65 children per woman Sámi (Lapp) minority of some 15,000 15% of Sweden’s population were either born outside Sweden or have two foreign-born parents

GENERAL INFORMATION Religion: 

GENERAL INFORMATION Religion Christianity gained ground during the 10th and 11th centuries 80% belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church The Church of Sweden ceased to be the state church in 2000 Sweden has a large number of free churches, immigrant religious denominations and other faiths

ARTS & CULTURE Artists and authors: 

ARTS & CULTURE Artists and authors Endeavors to expand cultural institutions, support for independent groups and cultural centres as well as purchasing works of art for public buildings to create job opportunities for artists The state remunerates artists and sculptors for their works on display in public settings and authors, translators and book illustrators whose works are available at libraries Authors, translators and book illustrators can be awarded a guaranteed author’s allowance

ARTS & CULTURE Cultural Policy: 

ARTS & CULTURE Cultural Policy The State finances central cultural institutions including the Royal Opera, the Royal Dramatic Theatre and the national museums The State supports local and regional cultural activities through financial contributions The municipalities bear responsibility for cultural policy at local level. They support libraries, run music schools and give grants to theatres, music, dance, exhibitions, museums etc.

ARTS & CULTURE Literature and Libraries : 

ARTS & CULTURE Literature and Libraries 1,500 public libraries which loan books free of charge Authors receive payments from state funds when their books are borrowed from public libraries Activities to promote reading among children and young people

ARTS & CULTURE Museums : 

ARTS & CULTURE Museums A group of national museums coordinates activities throughout the entire museum system within their particular field Every county has a museum which acts as the centre for museum-related activities in the region Rural heritage associations with collections or preserved environments An increasing number of new museums depict more recent times

ARTS & CULTURE Music: 

ARTS & CULTURE Music The Swedish National Concert Institute, Svenska Rikskonserter, supplements regional and local music production in cooperation with the county music organization, Länsmusiken Eleven professional symphony and chamber orchestras playing at regional level Independent groups, representing all musical genres

ARTS & CULTURE Popular Education: 

ARTS & CULTURE Popular Education Cultural activities mostly under the auspices of popular movements and amateur theatre organizations 11 educational associations, each with its own ideological profile, have local branches in most municipalities 1,700 art clubs 400,000 sing regularly in choirs

ARTS & CULTURE Theatre, Film and Dance: 

ARTS & CULTURE Theatre, Film and Dance Operan and Dramaten are the national stages for opera and drama Svenska Riksteatern performs throughout the country 28 municipal/city and county theatre companies Around 200 independent theatre groups (also children’s theatre) Five permanent dance ensembles Around 20 films which are partly or wholly Swedish-financed are premiered each year

ECONOMY & TRADE Agriculture and Food Processing: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Agriculture and Food Processing Fewer than 3% of labor force in agriculture and forestry Crop-growing season averages around 240 days/year in the south, 120 days/year in the north 74% of agricultural enterprises combine farming with forestry Structural changes have resulted in fewer and larger farms with fewer employees Food exports more than doubled between 1994–2000 High standars in the field of animal welfare

ECONOMY & TRADE Economy : 

ECONOMY & TRADE Economy GDP: SEK 2,440 billion; per capita: SEK 272,000 (2003) Unemployment: 4.9 % (2003) Enrolled in government-financed labor market programs: 2 % Sweden is in 17th place in the GDP per capita ranking (OECD) Expansion of the public sector came to a halt during the 1990s Most forecasts for 2004 and 2005 indicate a GDP growth of 2–3 % per year

ECONOMY & TRADE Economy: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Economy Diversified economy. Large public sector. Growing private sector Strong dependence on international trade High R&D expenditure Floating exchange rate New, stricter Competition Act 1993 Dependence on a number of very large international companies

ECONOMY & TRADE Engineering industry: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Engineering industry Accounts for just over 50% of Sweden’s industrial production and 10% of total GDP 2/3 of Swedish-produced engineering products exported 50% of the sector are engine and vehicle manufacturers Most companies small or medium-sized High degree of specialisation Focus on knowledge-intensive engineering, services and R&D

ECONOMY & TRADE Foreign Trade: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Foreign Trade Exports by important commodity groups (percent of total value) January–November 2003: – Forestry products 13.5% – Mineral products 8.5% – Chemical products 12.8% – Energy products 3.2% – Engineering products 50.5% – Other 11.4%

ECONOMY & TRADE Foreign Trade: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Foreign Trade Imports by important commodity groups (percent of total value) January–November 2003: – Forestry products 3.5% – Mineral products 8.1% – Chemical products 12.5% – Energy products 9.5% – Engineering products 45.5% – Other 20.8%

ECONOMY & TRADE Forestry and the Forest Products Industry: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Forestry and the Forest Products Industry National forest policy: a reliable yield of timber while preserving biological diversity Private individuals the largest category of owners Nearly 12 million hectares of forest certified as sustainably managed Original genetic material of Sweden’s tree species preserved in a forest gene bank Sweden is among the world’s leading exporters of forest products

ECONOMY & TRADE Industry: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Industry Some important Swedish industries: – industries based on iron ore and wood – telecommunications industry – pharmaceutical industry – aviation industry – automotive industry – defence material industry – nuclear power industry

ECONOMY & TRADE Industry: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Industry Supply of indigenous raw material an important for Swedish industry The main increase in output has been in knowledge-intensive manufacturing and service sectors. Fast expansion in the telecommunications industry and the pharmaceutical industry Mergers and acquisitions have been among the most important elements of Swedish business restructuring in recent decades

ECONOMY & TRADE Mining and steel industries : 

ECONOMY & TRADE Mining and steel industries Iron played a dominant role for many centuries Manufacture of iron and non-ferrous metal goods started the modern engineering industry Iron ore and sulfide extracted in northern Sweden Smelting of non-ferrous metals including copper, lead, silver and gold Focus on making high-value specialty steels Around 20,000 people employed in the steel industry

ECONOMY & TRADE Motor vehicle industry: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Motor vehicle industry Central role in Swedish economy Exports of automobiles and automobile parts 15% of total Swedish exports 2003 One fifth of the global heavy truck production 2003 either Volvo or Scania. Catalytic exhaust emission checks mandatory in Sweden. Around 85% of cars fitted with catalytic converters

ECONOMY & TRADE Service sector: 

ECONOMY & TRADE Service sector 3.7 million people (85% of total workforce) employed in service sector Extensive public service sector funded by central or local government, mainly health care, education and social services Expansion of private sector in late 1990s. Most job growth in knowledge- intensive fields Company and household-oriented services dominate private service sector Services have become more important in international trade

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prizes: 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prizes Alfred Nobel (1833–1896), inventor, global industrial magnate, linguist, philosopher and humanist The Nobel prizes are awarded for Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace (Norway). Since 1969 there is also a prize in Economics in honor of Alfred Nobel In 2003 the prizes were each worth SEK 10 million

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Compulsory Schooling : 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Compulsory Schooling 9 years’ compulsory education More than 97% of all pupils attend municipal compulsory schools Few private schools. They generally receive government grants Parents and pupils shall have a free choice of municipal schools and can also opt for publicly-funded independent schools The municipalities bear overall responsibility for the implementation and development of education within the school system

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Compulsory Schooling: 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Compulsory Schooling Instruction, teaching material, school lunches and school transport are free of charge Parents and pupils shall have a free choice of municipal schools and can also opt for publicly-funded independent schools School health care for all pupils Schooling for pupils with learning difficulties is compulsory for nine years plus one optional year English is the compulsory first foreign language Home language instruction available for pupils speaking a language other than Swedish

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Education and research: 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Education and research All children and young people in Sweden have equal access to education, regardless of ethnic and social background or residential locality Education is free on all levels Very few private schools and colleges Strong ambition to increase the number of women in leading academic posts

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Higher Education: 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Higher Education No tuition fees Undergraduate education: – Diploma or certificate (2 years) – Bachelor’s degree (3 years) – Master’s degree (4 years) Courses of varying length for professional degrees

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Higher Education: 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Higher Education To be admitted to post-graduate education, an undergraduate program of at least 3 years’ duration must be completed Four years of doctoral studies and an approved dissertation are required for a doctorate Study assistance available to all students who need help to finance their studies Students are represented on decision-making bodies

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Research System: 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Research System Sweden is one of the countries that invests the largest percentage of its Gross Domestic Product in R&D Most research carried out in universities,university colleges, institutes of technology, professional schools etc Companies account for some 75% of R&D expenditure Long tradition of state funding for research Ministry of Education and Science has overall responsibility for research policy

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Upper Secondary and Adult Education: 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Upper Secondary and Adult Education Municipalities are obliged to provide upper secondary schooling (16+) for all residents who start studying before the age of 20 Instruction is free of charge 17 national programs, 14 mainly vocational and three which prepare for university studies About 98% of school leavers go on to the three-year upper secondary school with vocational and academic programs Pupils aged 16–20 receive study assistance

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Upper Secondary and Adult Education: 

EDUCATION & RESEARCH Upper Secondary and Adult Education The public school system for adults comprises: - municipal adult education adult education for people with learning difficulties basic Swedish for immigrants Other forms of adult education (usually affiliated with political parties or special-interest organizations): - Folk high schools - Voluntary educational associations

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Foreign Policy: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Foreign Policy Sweden has not been at war since 1814 Non-participation in military alliances with the aim of remaining neutral in the event of conflict in Sweden’s vicinity High priority to working with the United Nations EU membership in 1995 Participation in the multilateral disarmament negotiations in Geneva since they started in 1962 Active participant in efforts to address environmental threats

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Foreign Policy: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Foreign Policy Sweden supports EU efforts to establish civilian and military capacity for crisis management. Close cooperation with NATO Membership in Partnership for Peace (PFP) Endeavors to develop and reinforce UN peacekeeping operations Pursues a policy of non-participation in military alliances Supports the strengthening of open, multilateral trading

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Law and Justice: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Law and Justice Power to enact laws is vested in the Riksdag (Parliament) The Government has the power to issue decrees concerning less important matters Spadework in preparation of bills is done by commissions of inquiry, legal experts in the ministries and Parliament standing committees

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Law and Justice: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Law and Justice Hierarchy of general courts: – district courts (tingsrätt) – courts of appeal (hovrätt) – Supreme Court (Högsta domstolen) Only cases which may set legal precedent are tried before the Supreme Court Appeals against administrative authorities are heard in a three-tier administrative court system

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Law and Justice: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Law and Justice Prosecution system divided into seven districts. Prosecutors conduct preliminary investigations in criminal cases Defence counsel in criminal proceedings for serious crimes is appointed by the court. Legal aid available under certain conditions Supervision of courts and administrative organs by the Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern, JK)

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Local Government: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Local Government 290 municipalities (kommun) with responsibility for: – schools – social services – elder care, care of people with physical or intellectual disabilities – physical planning and building – certain environmental tasks – rescue services 21 county councils (landsting) with responsibility for: – health care services at hospitals and local health centres – public dental services – psychiatric care

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS National Government: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS National Government The Swedish Constitution consists of – the Instrument of Government (1974) – the Act of Succession (1810) – the Freedom of the Press Act (1949) – the Freedom of Expression Act (1991) – the Parliament Act (1974)

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS National Government: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS National Government Unicameral Parliament, Riksdag, with 349 seats Direct parliamentary elections every 4 years. Right to vote from the age of 18. The Government governs the country but is answerable to Parliament The monarch is head of state, with primarily ceremonial functions Government decisions are prepared by the ministries

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS The Ombudsmen: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS The Ombudsmen The government-appointed ombudsmen: – The Consumer Ombudsman – The Equal Opportunities Ombudsman – The Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination – The Ombudsman against Discrimination because of Sexual Orientation – The Children’s Ombudsman – The Disability Ombudsman

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS The Ombudsmen: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS The Ombudsmen The Press Ombudsman: This self-disciplinary system of the Swedish press is not based on legislation. It is entirely voluntary and wholly financed by Sweden’s three press organizations

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Political Parties: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Political Parties Two blocs: socialist and non-socialist Percentage of votes in last parliamentary election, September 2002: – Social Democrats 39.8% – Moderates (Conservative) 15.5% – Liberals 13.3% – Christian Democrats 9.1% – Left Party 8.3% – Centre Party 6.1% – Green Party 4.6%

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Sweden in the European Union: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Sweden in the European Union EU membership in 1995 No to participation in the euro currency union in a referendum in 2003 Sweden participates in the common foreign and security policy of the EU although it retains its military non-alignment 10 votes in the Council of Ministers, 19 members of the European Parliament, 1 member of the European Commission, 1 judge at the Court of Justice

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Sweden and the United Nations: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Sweden and the United Nations Since joining the UN in 1946, Sweden has been a member of the Security Council three times ‘Small countries need the UN’ – UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld (1905–61) About 15% of Swedish development assistance goes to UN social and economic programs Emphasis on importance of conflict-prevention measures and operations

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Taxes: 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Taxes Income tax (local and national) on employment, capital and business VAT on goods and services Payroll fees (social security contributions) around 33% to finance the national social insurance system, old age pensions and certain other social services Capital is taxed at a standard rate of 30 % The tax system includes many direct and indirect taxes and contributions Local authorities are free to set income tax rates in their respective municipalities and county council districts

SOCIETY & WELFARE Child Care: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Child Care Municipalities obliged to provide preschool care and school-age care. Grants provided to non-municipal childcare Preschool care for children aged 1–5 is provided at preschools, family daycare homes and open preschools After-school childcare for children aged 6–12 is provided at leisure-time centres, in family daycare homes and at open leisure-time centres 75% of all children aged 1–5 are registered with preschools and 74% of children aged 6–9 with leisure time centres

SOCIETY & WELFARE Disability Policies : 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Disability Policies Disability policies aim for full participation and equality Organizations for disabled people are run and dominated by people with physical disabilities Institutional living replaced by group accommodation, service housing and adapted homes Local authorities have ultimate responsibility for personal assistance, preschool places, housing, home-help services etc. for the disabled

SOCIETY & WELFARE Equality between Women and Men: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Equality between Women and Men 480 days’ leave of absence on parental benefit to look after a child aged 0–8 years can be shared by parents. 60 of the days are reserved for the mother, 60 for the father. These days cannot be transferred to the other parent. More than 50% of fathers utilize their right to paid parental leave during the child’s first year. Parents entitled to reduce their weekly working hours (against a reduction in pay).

SOCIETY & WELFARE Equality between Women and Men: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Equality between Women and Men Political consensus on principles of gender equality. Gender main-streaming of day-to-day political and administrative work at the national level After the elections in 2002, 45.3% of Parliament members are women Men dominate senior positions in employer/employee organizations and senior management in the private sector Efforts to encourage women to enter traditionally male-dominated areas of labor market Efforts to promote gender equality in choice of study programs and professions in upper secondary school

SOCIETY & WELFARE Financial Circumstances of Swedish Households: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Financial Circumstances of Swedish Households Transfer payments to households: pensions, child allowance, housing allowance, sickness benefit, parental leave etc Social security benefit for those who cannot support themselves High income taxes VAT 25% on most goods and services, 12% VAT on food

SOCIETY & WELFARE Financial Circumstances of Swedish Households: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Financial Circumstances of Swedish Households High food prices compared to the rest of EU Biggest expense: housing, takes 30% of income Modern houses. Average living area 47 m2/p. p. Some 22% of households own a weekend cottage Price differences countryside – cities Well-developed, subsidized public transport. Cars essential outside urban centres

SOCIETY & WELFARE Health Care System: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Health Care System Responsibility for health care rests primarily with the county councils A primary care sector treats diseases and injuries that do not require hospitalisation Hospitals, nursing homes and service apartments with 24 hours service a day 1 physician per 320 inhabitants Sweden’s costs for health care services are 8.5% of GNP

SOCIETY & WELFARE Health Care System: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Health Care System Freedom to choose health centre, doctor or hospital 29% of all visits to a doctor take place at private, publicly-funded, medical establishments High-cost ceiling to limit personal expense for health care 900 pharmacies have the sole and exclusive right to retail medicines To become a registered doctor takes 5.5 years and a pre-registration period of 18 months as a house officer. It takes 3 years to become a nurse

SOCIETY & WELFARE Immigrants: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Immigrants About 15% of Sweden’s population were born outside Sweden or have foreign-born parents Foreign citizens who have been resident for three years may vote and run for office in local elections Tuition in Swedish for newly arrived immigrants Mother tongue tuition for school pupils Citizens of non-Nordic countries eligible for citizenship after five years’ residence. A citizen of a Nordic country can become a Swedish citizen after two years in Sweden

SOCIETY & WELFARE Labor Market Policy: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Labor Market Policy The main aims of labor market policy: – To match demand and supply in the job market – To prevent bottle-necks – To help those who find it difficult to get employment in the ordinary labor market Programs to encourage demand for labor and generate employment Programs for the occupationally handicapped Start-your-own grants

SOCIETY & WELFARE Labor Relations: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Labor Relations Basic agreement 1938. “The Swedish Model”, a compromise between labor and capital Centralized collective bargaining replaced by negotiations at sector level in the 1980s Biggest union confederations: – LO, for blue–collar workers – TCO, for white–collar employees – SACO, mainly for graduates

SOCIETY & WELFARE Labor Relations: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Labor Relations Around 80% of employees belong to trade unions Social welfare contributions (payroll fees) are paid by employers New labor laws introduced in the 1970s to increase employee involvement. Labor Court settles legal disputes on labor issues Leading employer organization is the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Föreningen Svenskt Näringsliv)

SOCIETY & WELFARE Mass Media: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Mass Media 1766 – the first Freedom of the Press Act Current Freedom of the Press Act from 1949 The Freedom of Expression Act covers radio, television, film and other media Free access to public documents The responsible publisher–the individual held officially responsible for contraventions of the Press Act The Press Council, the Code of Ethics and the Press Ombudsman (non-governmental systems)

SOCIETY & WELFARE Social Insurance: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Social Insurance The Swedish social insurance system is markedly universal in nature The social insurance system is financed mainly via taxes and employer payroll fees Voluntary, state-subsidised unemployment insurance

SOCIETY & WELFARE Social Insurance: 

SOCIETY & WELFARE Social Insurance Uniform social insurance system providing: – health care – parental insurance – cash benefits during illness – occupational injury insurance – unemployment benefits – pensions – child allowance

SPORTS AND LEISURE General facts: 

SPORTS AND LEISURE General facts Around 22,000 clubs and associations that belong to one of 67 specialized sports federations Almost half of Sweden’s residents aged between 7 and 70 belong to a sports club Around 650,000 participate in competitive sport 40% of women and 60% men in the specialized sports federations Central government and local authorities help to subsidize youth sports Voluntary sports leaders are the backbone of Swedish sporting life

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals: 

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals Rapidly growing biotech industry. Drug discovery & development dominant sub-sector Pharmaceutical industry annually invests around 25% of its turnover on R&D Close collaboration with universities and an advanced health care system open to testing new techniques have contributed to the innovative nature of the Swedish pharmaceutical industry Extensive restructuring of pharmaceutical industry. Many international mergers and acquisitions

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE Environment Protection: 

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE Environment Protection Ecologically sustainable development an overall objective Active environmental work within the EU framework New Environmental Code January 1999 takes an integrated view of the environment The right of common access, a rarely abused privilege About one third of Sweden’s energy supply is based on renewable energy

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE Telecommunications and Information Technology: 

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE Telecommunications and Information Technology Telecom and IT products account for about 15% of Sweden’s total annual merchandise exports Sweden is second in the EU, after Finland, with regard to number of researchers in companies with high-tech focus Products to enhance IT security are an expanding market (more than 15% per year) Integration of mobile phone service with computer technology E-democracy is part of the day-to-day work of parliamentarians Most municipalities have advanced plans for broadband networks

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE Telecommunications and Information Technology: 

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE Telecommunications and Information Technology 98% of all companies with more than 10 employees have computers 74% of the population aged 16–74 use computers. 73% use the Internet, one third with high speed connections Popular e-services are Internet banking, e-commerce, contact with e-agencies and information searching

TRAVEL & TOURISM General facts: 

TRAVEL & TOURISM General facts Tourism accounts for 19% of Swedens total export of services Tourism accounts for 2.6% of Sweden’s GDP 3% of all Swedish employees work in tourism sector 14 million foreign visitors 2002 Most popular destinations Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö Stockholm as a congress location similarly priced to rest of western Europe

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