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Sweden Flag Description
blue with a golden yellow cross extending to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag); the colors reflect those of the Swedish coat of arms - three gold crowns on a blue field


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Calling code

Swedish krona (SEK)

Geographic Coordinates
59°21'N 18°4'E

Official languages

Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, Kattegat, and Skagerrak, between Finland and Norway

Geographic coordinates
62 00 N, 15 00 E

Map references

total: 450,295 sq km
country comparison to the world: 56
land: 410,335 sq km
water: 39,960 sq km

Area - comparative
slightly larger than California

3,218 km

Maritime claims
territorial sea: 12 nm (adjustments made to return a portion of straits to high seas)
exclusive economic zone: agreed boundaries or midlines
continental shelf: 200 m depth or to the depth of exploitation

Elevation extremes
lowest point: reclaimed bay of Lake Hammarsjon, near Kristianstad -2.4 m
highest point: Kebnekaise 2,111 m

noun: Swede(s)
adjective: Swedish

Swedish (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities

National symbol(s)
three crowns; lion

National anthem
name: "Du Gamla, Du Fria" (Thou Ancient, Thou Free)

National Anthem lyrics/music
Richard DYBECK/traditional
note: in use since 1844; the anthem, also known as "Sang till Norden" (Song of the North), is based on a Swedish folk tune; it has never been officially adopted by the government; "Kungssangen" (The King's Song) serves as the royal anthem and is played in the presence of the royal family and during certain state ceremonies

revenues: $283.5 billion
expenditures: $294.7 billion (2013 est.)

Taxes and other revenues
51.4% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 12