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The country is vulnerable to floods, landslides, and erosion because of climate change. Ecosystems in the Baltic sea and the water quality in lakes and streams are deteriorating due to increased sea levels and global temperatures.1 Sweden’s climate will likely change to become warmer and wetter and wreak havoc on fragile ecosystems near the arctic.2 The government fails to efficiently make environmental policies, as many different levels of the public sector are involved and some fail to see to long term benefits of conservation. However, a positive effect of climate change in Sweden will be the increase in the amount of energy that can be derived from hydropower energy sources.2

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1 https://sweden.se/nature/sustainable-living/

2 http://www.oecd.org/env/country-reviews/sweden2014.htm
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Geography

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

Total 450,295 sq km
Land 410,335 sq km
Water 39,960 sq km

Climate

temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in north
Natural Resources

iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver, tungsten, uranium, arsenic, feldspar, timber, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

ice floes in the surrounding waters, especially in the Gulf of Bothnia, can interfere with maritime traffic
Current Environmental Issues

acid rain damage to soils and lakes; pollution of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea

Demographics

Nationality
Swedish
Population
9,119,423 (July 2013 est.)
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Aided by peace and neutrality for the whole of the 20th century, Sweden has achieved an enviable standard of living under a mixed system of high-tech capitalism and extensive welfare benefits. It has a modern distribution system, excellent internal and external communications, and a highly skilled labor force. In September 2003, Swedish voters turned down entry into the euro system concerned about the impact on the economy and sovereignty. Timber, hydropower, and iron ore constitute the resource base of an economy heavily oriented toward foreign trade. Privately owned firms account for vast majority of industrial output, of which the engineering ...See More sector accounts for about 50% of output and exports. Agriculture accounts for little more than 1% of GDP and of employment. Until 2008, Sweden was in the midst of a sustained economic upswing, boosted by increased domestic demand and strong exports. This and robust finances offered the center-right government considerable scope to implement its reform program aimed at increasing employment, reducing welfare dependence, and streamlining the state's role in the economy. Despite strong finances and underlying fundamentals, the Swedish economy slid into recession in the third quarter of 2008 and the contraction continued in 2009 as deteriorating global conditions reduced export demand and consumption. Strong exports of commodities and a return to profitability by Sweden's banking sector drove the strong rebound in 2010, which continued in 2011, but growth slipped to 1.2% in 2012. The government proposed stimulus measures in 2012 to curb the effects of a global economic slowdown and boost employment and growth. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$399.4 billion (2012 est.); $394.7 billion (2011 est.); $380.4 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

26.8% of GDP (2012 est.); 27.3% of GDP (2011 est.); 25.8% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

barley, wheat, sugar beets; meat, milk
Industries

iron and steel, precision equipment (bearings, radio and telephone parts, armaments), wood pulp and paper products, processed foods, motor vehicles