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In order to reduce the negative impact of climate change on Sweden, the government needs to develop prevention strategies immediately.1 The country is more vulnerable to floods, landslides, and erosion with climate change.2 Ecosystems in the Baltic sea could drastically change and conservation efforts could be needed.3 The water quality in lakes and streams will also decline, putting more strain on the water system.4 According to a study done by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Sweden?s climate will change to become warmer and wetter and wreak havoc on fragile ecosystems.5 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.6

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1 http://www.government.se/content/1/c6/09/60/02/56302ee7.pdf
2-6 Ibid
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Financial Times 
But the bank said it is still considering opportunities to move its headquarters to Denmark or Finland in the wake of recently proposed regulatory changes by Sweden's Social Democrat-led government that would makes banks contribute more to the country ... See more..
Breitbart News 
The mood on migration in Sweden has shifted dramatically this year, with a majority of people now wanting to slow the migrant influx. See more..
The Local Sweden 
The first new Volvo XC60 has rolled off the production line at the company's Swedish factory. Less than two weeks after the finishing touches were put to the millionth car in Volvo's old XC60 series at its plant in Ghent, Belgium, the first of its ... See more..
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OlympicTalk (blog) 
“We have also been clear that it is Stockholm's city that must make its decision first,” he told Sweden news agency TT. The news comes six days after the Swedish Olympic Committee named a CEO for the 2026 bid. In January, the committee said that ... See more..
Toronto Star 
The men also were sentenced to pay total damages of 300,000 kronor ($33,890 U.S.) to the victim. Three men in Sweden were sentenced on Tuesday for participating in a gang rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group. (Matt Rourke / the ... See more..
YLE News 
Advance reports last week that Finland had lost its top spot on the World Press Freedom Index are now confirmed. Finland ranks third on this year's press freedom list, following Norway and Sweden. The international press watchdog Reporters without ... See more..
Detroit Metro Times 
Little Dragon is a band of sugary highs and sultry lows. Since their 2007 debut, the foursome from Gothenburg, Sweden, has created catchy electro-pop and lush R&B that conveys a sort of heightened reality, where glittery, fantastical elements overlay ... See more..
Moneycontrol.com 
The minister met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and the state environment minister Ramdas Kadam and discussed collaboration on climate change and ... See more..
UPI.com 
An artist collective known as "AnonyMouse" has constructed a tiny, mouse-size amusement park in Sweden. See more..
The Local Sweden 
Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson said there were two good reasons for introducing a ban: the first being that Sweden would then live up to the Vienna Convention on traffic safety, which recommends a ban on handheld mobiles while driving. See more..
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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