Sweden is one of the largest countries in Western Europe, and
about 9 million people live here. Despite its small
large area, Sweden is a technologically advanced country with good
One of the world’s most modern countries, Sweden is the birthplace of
many successful international corporations.
Innovative research at
Swedish universities and companies has resulted in a number of
Some examples are the computer mouse,
Bluetooth for internet mobility, the pacemaker, the ball bearing, the
Tetra Pak beverage packaging system, the dialysis machine and internet
applications such as the online music streaming service Spotify and the
free internet calling service Skype.
These fairly recent inventions build on a long history of excellence
in academia and research. Sweden is the home of the prestigious Nobel
Prize, awarded in Stockholm every year. Sweden has a number of large
multinational corporations, such as telecom supplier Ericsson,
automotive companies Volvo and Scania, household appliances corporation
Electrolux, bearing manufacturer SKF, and high-tech engineering groups
Sandvik and Atlas Copco.
The deep-rooted creative environment has made Sweden a strong nation
in the areas of design, fashion and music, with well-known international
brands such as furniture giant IKEA and clothes retailer H&M.
Sweden is also one of the largest music-exporting countries in the