Sweden is located on the Scandanavian Peninsula of Northern Europe, between Norway and Finland. Although Sweden is quite far north, its temperatures are not as low as one might expect, due to the North Atlantic Drift.
Population: 9.8 million
Ethnic Groups: Indigenous Population (Swedes with Finnish and Sami minorities); most common countries of origin among immigrants: Finland, Syria, Iraq, Poland, Iran
Languages: Swedish (Official); Official Minority Languages (Sami, Finnish, Romani, Yiddish, Meankeli)
Religions: Church of Sweden (Lutheran) (63%), Other (17%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 11, 2017
In Canada: 349,645
In the GTA: 18,590
In Toronto: 10,400
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Aurora, Oakville, Uxbridge, Georgina, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, Mississauga, Halton Hills, and Caledon. Individuals of Swedish origin are found all across the Greater Toronto Area.
Sweden is a highly developed country where the standard of living is extremely high. High taxes fund a massive social welfare system. Sweden has enjoyed 70 years of social democracy. Lutheranism was the state religion until 2000 and the Church of Sweden was the State Church. The reason such a high percentage of the population belongs to the Church of Sweden is because in the past, people automatically became members at birth (although they were allowed to disaffiliate). Today, Sweden is becoming increasingly secular and the size of the Church of Sweden continues shrinking. There is complete freedom of religion.