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Sweden (Listeni/ˈswdən/ SWEE-dən; Swedish: Sverige [ˈsværjɛ]), officially the Kingdom of c(Swediacsh: About this sound Konungariket Sverige ), is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of over 9.7 million.[1] Sweden subsequently has a low population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometre (54/sq mi), with the highest concentration in the southern half of the country. Approximately 85% of the population lives in urban areas.[2] Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is heavily forested. Sweden is part of the geographical area of Fennoscandia.

Germanic peoples have inhabited Sweden since prehistoric times, emerging into history as the Geats/Götar and Swedes/Svear and constituting the sea peoples known as the Norsemen. Sweden emerged as an independent and unified country during the Middle Ages. In the 17th century, it expanded its territories to form the Swedish Empire, which became one of the great powers of Europe until the early 18th century. Swedish territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were gradually lost during the 18th and 19th centuries, beginning with the annexation of present-day Finland by Russia in 1809. The last war in which Sweden was directly involved was in 1814, when Norway was militarily forced into personal union.

Since then, Sweden has been at peace, maintaining an official policy of neutrality in foreign affairs.[3] The union with Norway was peacefully dissolved in 1905, leading to Sweden's current borders. Though it was formally neutral through both world wars, Sweden engaged in humanitarian efforts, such as taking in refugees from German-occupied Europe. With the ending of the Cold War, Sweden joined the European Union, but declined NATO membership.

Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. It has the world's eighth-highest per capita income and ranks highly in numerous metrics of national performance, including quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality, prosperity and human development.[4][5][6][7][8] Sweden has been a member of the European Union since 1 January 1995, but declined Eurozone membership following a referendum. It is also a member of the United Nations, the Nordic Council, Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Etymology[แก้]

The modern name Sweden is derived through back-formation from Old English Swēoþēod, which meant "people of the Swedes" (Old Norse Svíþjóð, Latin Suetidi). This word is derived from Sweon/Sweonas (Old Norse Sviar, Latin Suiones). The Swedish name Sverige (a compound of the words Svea and Rike, with lenition of the consonant [k], first recorded in the cognate Swēorice in Beowulf)—[9] literally means "Kingdom of the Swedes", excluding the Geats in Götaland.

  1. "Population Statistics". Statistics Sweden. สืบค้นเมื่อ 7 February 2015. 
  2. Yearbook of Housing and Building Statistics 2007
  3. "WikiLeaks reveal Swedes gave intel on Russia, Iran". Washington Times. 2 December 2010. สืบค้นเมื่อ 10 June 2013. 
  4. Kavitha A.
  5. "2013 Human Development Report". United Nations Development Programme. สืบค้นเมื่อ 28 July 2013. 
  6. "OECD Better Life Index". OECD Publishing. สืบค้นเมื่อ 27 August 2013. 
  7. "2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™: Global prosperity rising while US and UK economies decline". สืบค้นเมื่อ 17 September 2014. 
  8. "Global Competitiveness Report 2012–2013". World Economic Forum. 5 September 2012. สืบค้นเมื่อ 9 June 2013. 
  9. Hellquist, Elof (1922). Svensk etymologisk ordbok. Stockholm: Gleerups förlag. p. 917. 
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