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: 9.6 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Swedish, Finnish, Sami, Yugoslav, Dane, Norwegian, Greek, Turk
Languages: Swedish, Sami, Finnish
Religions: Lutheran (87%), other (includes Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist) (13%)
SWEDISH IN TORONTO
In Canada: 334,765
In the GTA: 17,960
In the City of Toronto: 7,400
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Aurora, Oakville, Uxbridge, Georgina, Whitchurch-Stoufville, East Gwillimbury, Mississauga, Halton Hills, Caledon. Swedish 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.
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