Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. Sweden borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund.
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 about 9.5 million. Sweden has a low population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometre (54 /sq mi) with the population mostly concentrated to the southern half of the country. About 85% of the population live in urban areas. Swedens capital city is Stockholm, which is also the largest city. Since the early 19th century Sweden has generally been at peace and has largely avoided war.
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Swedens climate varies from north to south, but in general it is temperate due to the offshore Gulf Stream waters. Summers in Sweden are warm and pleasant. The best time to visit Sweden is in the summer months from June to August, when the days are long and warm.
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Swedish, Lapp and English.
Kronor/Krona or Crown (SEK).
British nationals may enter Sweden with a passport, and no visa is necessary for passport-holders endorsed British Citizen, British National (Overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizen, or British Subject for a stay of up to three months. Other British passports require a visa.
There are direct cheap flights to Sweden from the UK. Flights to Sweden from the UK land at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport. This is the main international hub for in-bound Swedish flights and is conveniently located 28 miles (45km) north of Stockholm. The flight time from London to Stockholm is a little more than two hours.
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