The two main spectator sports are football and ice hockey. Second to football, horse sports have the highest number of practitioners, mostly women.
The Swedish national football team has seen some success at the World Cup in the past, finishing second when they hosted the tournament in 1958, and third twice, in 1950 and 1994.
Sweden hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in 1958. Other big sport events held here include the 1992 UEFA European Football Championship, FIFA Women’s World Cup 1995, and several championships of ice hockey, curling, athletics, skiing, bandy, figure skating and swimming. Successful tennis players include former world No. 1’s Björn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg.
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Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude, with four distinct seasons and mild temperatures throughout the year.
The economy of Sweden is a developed export-oriented economy aided by timber, hydropower, and iron ore. An economy oriented toward foreign trade.
Education in Sweden is mandatory for all children between the age of 7 and age of 16. The school year in Sweden runs from mid/late August to early/mid-June.
Relatively isolated from the main currents of Continental European cultural change, many of Sweden’s artistic traditions developed their own distinctive character.
Swedish cuisine, like that of the other Scandinavian countries, was traditionally simple. Fish, meat, potatoes and dairy products played prominent roles.
The two main spectator sports are football and ice hockey.