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Sweden
EU-Sweden.svg
Continent Europe
Subregion Scandinavia
Geographic coordinates 62°00′N 15°00′E / 62.000°N 15.000°E / 62.000; 15.000
Area
 - total
 - water
Ranked 55th
450,295 km2
39,960- km2 (8.69%)
Coastline 3,218 km (2,000 mi)
Land boundaries 2,333 km (1,550 mi)
Countries bordered Norway 1,666 km
Finland 545 km
Highest point Kebnekaise, 2,111 m / 6,926 ft
Lowest point Kristianstad, −2.41 m
Longest river Klarälven-Göta älv, 720 km (447.4 mi)
Largest inland body of water Vänern 5,648 km2 (3,510 sq mi)
Land use
 - Arable land

 - Permanent
   crops

 - Other

5.80 %

0.02 %

94.18 % (2011)
Irrigated land 1,640 km2 (2012)
Climate: Temperate to subarctic
Terrain: Flat lowlands, mountains
Natural resources Iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver, tungsten, uranium, arsenic, feldspar, timber, hydropower
Natural hazards Ice flow
Environmental issues Acid rains, eutrophication

Sweden is a country in Northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula. It borders Norway to the west; Finland to the northeast; and the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia to the south and east.

Sweden has a long coastline on the eastern side and the Scandinavian mountain chain (Skanderna) on the western border, a range that separates Sweden from Norway. It has maritime borders with Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and it is also linked to Denmark (southwest) by the Öresund Bridge. At 450,295 km2 (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the 55th largest country in the world.[1] It is the fifth largest in Europe and the largest in Northern Europe.

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TerrainEdit

 
Map of Sweden

Much of Sweden is heavily forested, with 69%[2] of the country being forest and woodland, while farmland constitutes only 8% of land use.[citation needed] Sweden consists of 39,960 km2 of water area, constituting around 95,700 lakes.[3][A] The lakes are sometimes used for water power plants, especially the large northern rivers and lakes.

The bulk of the northern Sweden and western central Sweden is made up by of vast tracts of hilly and mountainous land called the Norrland terrain.[5] From the south the entrance to the Norrland terrain is not only seen in the relief but in the wide and contiguous boreal forests that extend north of it[6] with till and peat being the overwhelmingly commonest soil types.[7]

South of the Norrland terrain lies the Central Swedish lowland forming a broad east-west trending belt from Gothenburg to Stockholm.[8][9] This is the traditional heartland of Sweden due to its large population and agricultural resources.[9] The region forms a belt of fertile soils suitable for agriculture that interrupts the forested and till-coated lands to the north and south.[10] Before the expansion of agriculture fertile soils were occupied by flush broad-leaved tree forest were maples, oaks, ashes, small-leaved lime and common hazel grew. The Central Swedish lowland do however also contain soils of poor quality, particularly in hills where Scots pine and Norway spruce grows on top of thin till soils.[10] Agriculture aside, the region benefits also from the proximity of hydropower, forest and bergslagen's mineral resources.[9] Sweden's four largest lakes, Vänern, Vättern, Mälaren and Hjälmaren, lie within the lowlands.[10]

To the south of the Central Swedish lowland lies the South Swedish highlands[8] which except for a lack of deep valleys is similar to the Norrland terrain found further north in Sweden.[7] The highest point of the highlands lies at 377 m a.s.l.[11] Geologically, the highlands are an upwarped dome formed by epeirogenic movements of Earth's crust.[12]

Southernmost Sweden contains a varied landscape with both plains and hilly terrain. A characteristic chain of elongated hills runs across Scania from northwest to southeast. These hills are horsts located along the Tornquist Zone.[13][14] Some of the horst are Hallandsåsen, Römelåsen and Söderåsen.[13] The plains of Scania and Halland make 10% of Swedens cultivated lands are the country's main agricultural landscape. Productivity is high relative to the rest of Sweden and more akin to that of more southern European countries.[15] The natural vegetation is made up of broadleaf forest albeit conifer plantations are common. Southern Sweden contains Swedens greatests diversity of plants.[16]

The two largest islands are Gotland and Öland in the southeast. They differ from the rest of Sweden by being made up of limestone and marl with an alvar vegetation adapted to the islands calcareous soils.[17][18] Gotland and Öland have landforms that are rare or absent in mainland Sweden. These include active cliffs seen in segments of their western coasts,[19] sea stacks called rauks and large cave systems.

Political divisionsEdit

ProvincesEdit

 
Uppland province

Sweden has 25 provinces or landskap ("landscapes"), based on culture, geography and history: Bohuslän, Blekinge, Dalarna, Dalsland, Gotland, Gästrikland, Halland, Hälsingland, Härjedalen, Jämtland, Lapland, Medelpad, Norrbotten, Närke, Skåne, Småland, Södermanland, Uppland, Värmland, Västmanland, Västerbotten, Västergötland, Ångermanland, Öland and Östergötland.

While these provinces serve no political or administrative purpose, they play an important role for people's self-identification. The provinces are usually grouped together in three large lands (landsdelar): the northern Norrland, the central Svealand and southern Götaland. The sparsely populated Norrland encompasses almost 60% of the country.

CountiesEdit

Administratively, Sweden is divided into 21 counties, or län. In each county there is a County Administrative Board, or länsstyrelse, which is appointed by the national government.

In each county there is also a separate County Council, or landsting, which is the municipal representation appointed by the county electorate.

The letters shown were on the vehicle registration plates until 1973.

MunicipalitiesEdit

 
Lapporten mountain pass in Lapland

Each county is further divided into municipalities or kommuner, ranging from only one (in Gotland County) to forty-nine (in Västra Götaland County). The total number of municipalities is 290.

The northern municipalities are often large in size, but have small populations – the largest municipality is Kiruna with an area as large as the three southern provinces in Sweden (Scania, Blekinge and Halland) combined, but it only has a population of 25,000, and its density is about 1 / km2.

 
Population density in the counties of Sweden.
people/km2
  0–9.9
  10–24.9
  25–49.9
  50–99.9
  100–199.9
  200+

PopulationEdit

Sweden has a population of 10 million as of January 2017.[20] The mountainous north is considerably less populated than the southern and central regions, partly because of the summer period lasting longer in the south, and this where the more successful agricultural industries were originally established. Another historical reason is said to be the desired proximity to key trade routes and partners in continental Europe, e.g. Germany. As a result, all seven urban areas in Sweden with a population of 100,000 or more, are located in the southern half of the country.[21]

CitiesEdit

Cities and towns in Sweden are not political or administrative entities but localities or urban areas, independent of the municipal subdivision. The largest city, in terms of population, is the capital Stockholm, in the east, the dominant city for culture and media, with a population of 1,250,000. The second largest city is Gothenburg, with 510,500, in the west. The third largest is Malmö in the south, with 258,000. The largest city in the north is Umeå with 76,000 inhabitants.

Natural resourcesEdit

EnvironmentEdit

Acid rain has become an issue because it is damaging soils and lakes and polluting the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The HBV hydrology transport model has been used to analyze nutrient discharge to the Baltic from tributary watersheds.

ClimateEdit

Gothenburg
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Extreme pointsEdit

 
 
Kebnekaise
 
Smygehuk
 
Stora Drammen
 
Kataja
 
Treriksröset
 
Vattenriket
Extreme points of Sweden

The extreme points of Sweden include the coordinates that are farthest north, south, east and west in Sweden, and the ones that are at the highest and the lowest elevations in the country. Unlike Norway and Denmark, Sweden has no external territories that can be considered either inside or outside the country depending on definition, meaning that the extreme points of Sweden are unambiguous.

The latitude and longitude are expressed in decimal degree notation, in which a positive latitude value refers to the Northern Hemisphere, and a negative value refers to the Southern Hemisphere. Additionally, a negative elevation value refers to land below sea level. The coordinates used in this article are sourced from Google Earth, which makes use of the World Geodetic System (WGS) 84, a geodetic reference system.

Latitude and longitudeEdit

 
Treriksröset, Sweden's northernmost point
 
Signpost in the harbour of Smygehuk, Sweden's southernmost point

Sweden's northernmost point is Treriksröset, in the Lapland province,[25] where the borders of Sweden, Norway, and Finland meet. The closest Swedish city to the area is Kiruna, which is Sweden's northern-most city.[26] Sweden's southernmost point is in the harbour of the fishing village Smygehuk, near the city of Trelleborg,[27] which borders the Baltic Sea.[28] At the pier of the harbour, a signpost displays the exact position of the point, as well as the distance to Treriksröset, Stockholm, Berlin, Paris, and Moscow.[27]

Sweden's westernmost point is on Stora Drammen, an islet in Skagerrak outside the coast of Bohuslän.[29] Seabirds and harbor seals have colonies on the islet, but it is uninhabited by humans.[30] Sweden's easternmost point is on Kataja,[29] an islet south of Haparanda in the Bothnian Bay.[31] The islet is divided between Sweden and Finland. The border was established in 1809, after the Finnish War, between what was previously two islets, a Swedish one called Kataja and a smaller Finnish one called Inakari. Since 1809, post-glacial rebound has caused the sea level in the region to drop relative to land level, joining the two islets.[32] If counting the mainland only, Stensvik in Strömstad is Sweden's westernmost point,[33] and Sundholmen in Haparanda is the easternmost point.[34]

Heading Location Province Bordering entity Coordinates[35] Ref
North Treriksröset, Kiruna Lapland Troms, Norway, and Lapland, Finland 69°03′36″N 20°32′55″E / 69.06°N 20.548611°E / 69.06; 20.548611 (Treriksröset (Northernmost)) [26][29][36]
South Smygehuk, Trelleborg Scania Baltic Sea 55°20′13″N 13°21′34″E / 55.336944°N 13.359444°E / 55.336944; 13.359444 (Smygehuk (Southernmost)) [28][29][37]
West Stora Drammen, Strömstad Bohuslän Skagerrak 58°55′43″N 10°57′27″E / 58.928611°N 10.9575°E / 58.928611; 10.9575 (Stora Drammen (Westernmost)) [29][38][39]
West (mainland) Stensvik, Strömstad Bohuslän Skagerrak 58°59′50″N 11°06′47″E / 58.997222°N 11.113056°E / 58.997222; 11.113056 (Stensvik (Westernmost on mainland)) [33][40][41]
East Finnish border on north coast of Kataja, Haparanda Norrbotten Bothnian Bay 65°42′39″N 24°09′21″E / 65.710833°N 24.155833°E / 65.710833; 24.155833 (Kataja (Easternmost)) [29][42][43]
East (mainland) Sundholmen, Haparanda Norrbotten Torne River, and the Bothnian Bay 65°48′54″N 24°09′02″E / 65.815°N 24.150556°E / 65.815; 24.150556 (Sundholmen (Easternmost on mainland)) [34][36][44]

ElevationEdit

 
At 2,098 metres (6,883 ft), Kebnekaise is Sweden's highest point.

The highest point in Sweden is Kebnekaise, which stands at 2,098 metres (6,883 ft) (August 2014). It is in the Scandinavian Mountains chain, in the province of Lapland.[45][46] The mountain has two peaks, of which the glaciated southern one is the highest at 2,104 metres (6,903 ft).[45] The northern peak, which stands at 2,096 metres (6,877 ft), is free of ice. Although the south top is traditionally said to be 2,111 metres (6,926 ft) high,[25] new measurements have shown that the glacier has shrunk fairly fast; therefore the summit is not as high as earlier. It was 2,104 metres (6,903 ft) in 2008.[45] Other points of comparable height in the vicinity of Kebnekaise include Sarektjåkka at 2,089 metres (6,854 ft), and Kaskasatjåkka at 2,076 metres (6,811 ft).[29] If the summers of 2016 and 2017 get as warm as the previous years, the northern peak will become the highest.

Sweden's lowest point, which is 2.41 metres (7.91 ft) below sea level, is in the Kristianstads Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve in the city of Kristianstad.[25] The point is at the bottom of what was once Nosabyviken, a bay on the lake of Hammarsjön. The bay was drained in the 1860s by John Nun Milner, an engineer, to get more arable land for Kristianstad.[47]

Extremity Name Elevation Location Province Coordinates[35] Ref
Highest Kebnekaise 2,098 metres (6,883 ft) Scandinavian Mountains Lapland 67°54′00″N 18°31′00″E / 67.9°N 18.516667°E / 67.9; 18.516667 (Kebnekaise) [45][46][48]
Lowest Kristianstads Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve −2.41 metres (−7.91 ft) Kristianstad Scania 56°01′18″N 14°10′44″E / 56.021581°N 14.178878°E / 56.021581; 14.178878 (Kuttanad (Lowest)) [25][31][47]
Deepest lake (from its surface) Hornavan 221 metres (725 ft) Arjeplog Norrbotten

TransportationEdit

Only public transportation.

Heading Airport Railway station Bus stop
North Kiruna Vassijaure (68°25′45″N 18°15′38″E / 68.4290934°N 18.2606904°E / 68.4290934; 18.2606904) Karesuando bus station (68°26′29″N 22°28′45″E / 68.441474°N 22.4791197°E / 68.441474; 22.4791197)
South Malmö Trelleborg (55°22′18″N 13°09′33″E / 55.371783°N 13.159206°E / 55.371783; 13.159206 Smygehuk Hamnen (55°20′22″N 13°21′36″E / 55.339544°N 13.359984°E / 55.339544; 13.359984)
West Göteborg Strömstad (58°56′11″N 11°10′24″E / 58.936509°N 11.173283°E / 58.936509; 11.173283) Strömstad Color line terminal (58°56′04″N 11°10′14″E / 58.934442°N 11.170618°E / 58.934442; 11.170618)
East Pajala Luleå (65°35′2″N 22°9′55″E / 65.58389°N 22.16528°E / 65.58389; 22.16528) Haparanda-Tornio bus station (65°50′36″N 24°8′18″E / 65.84333°N 24.13833°E / 65.84333; 24.13833)
Highest Kiruna Storlien, 592 m (1,942 ft) (63°18′57″N 12°6′2″E / 63.31583°N 12.10056°E / 63.31583; 12.10056)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The great number of lakes in southern Sweden could according to Alfred Gabriel Nathorst be indebted to the creation of basins due to the stripping of an irregular mantle of weathered rock by glacier erosion.[4]

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