August 11, 2020

Sweden: Exploring The Uniqueness of An European Heaven

Travelling is a rejuvenating experience. It can cleanse soul. Each land is unique in its
own way. Travelling in a sense means exploring that uniqueness.

Sweden is not less than heaven. It is special in many ways. It is abundantly blessed
with numerous natural beauties. The country owns beautiful Islands, stunning
coastlines, attractive mountains, fetching lakes and impressive forests. Apart from its
geography, its climate is the most appealing element. The country experiences a
temperate climatic condition.

This European country gives utmost importance to peace. The country is, thus, a right
example to the world – which nowadays considers peace as a matter of no relevance.
Though it was an active political entity, it remained as a silent spectator during the
period of disturbance in the continent of Europe – that is, during the period from the
commencement of the First World War to the conclusion of the Cold War.

Sweden is one of the European countries where the average cost of living is far higher
than normal. The standard of living of this country is very high. Likewise, the average
per capita income of the country is far higher than the European average.
A Scandinavian country, Sweden, in many ways, stands out from Denmark and Norway
– other Scandinavian countries. This heaven is not small, and is the fifth largest country
in the continent – the largest in the Northern Europe and the third largest in the
European Union.

The population of the country is a bit more than 10.3 million. The country deserves a
special appreciation for its positive attitude towards refugees and migrants. Of the 10.3
million people, at least 2.5 million have a foreign connection. The kind-heartedness that
the country showed to the thousands who fled the Nazi invasion by offering a secure
shelter insider its territory defying the threat posed by the Nazi Germany has a message
to the present Europe, which stands with an unwelcoming gesture towards the global
refugee crisis.

The country still considers its neutral foreign policy highly valuable. It is a member of the
United Nations as well as the European Union. Meanwhile, it maintains a safe distance
from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Eurozone. It has a good reason for
that distance too.

Situated adjacent to Norway, Finland and Denmark, the Kingdom of Sweden is
advanced in all sense. In terms of Gross Domestic Product, it is the sixteenth richest
country in the world. Iron, timber and hydropower are the main resources of the country.

Agriculture is the true backbone of this country – at least two per cent of the total Gross
Domestic Product of the country is contributed by this sector. The strong agriculture
sector makes the country less reliant on other countries for its food security.
Interestingly, the country, which is respected for its commitment towards peace, is the
ninth largest arms exporter in the world.

Sweden is known for its respect towards its citizens. It gives enormous importance to
the welfare of its citizens. It offers universal health care and free tertiary education. The
country’s commitment towards its citizens reflects in its wage policy also. Moreover,
every Swedish citizen is entitled to at least one national pension. Some are eligible to
avail a combination of two or more pensions.

This kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, whose legislative power rests solely on the
349-member unicameral parliament. The country is divided into at least 21 counties for
the sack of administration, and is further subdivided into at least 290 municipalities. The
European power follows an effective decentralised administrative system, which
encourages the deep involvement of the population of the country in the administrative

The country’ commitment towards gender equality is also commendable. Its human right
standard and freedom of peace and expression standard are also appreciable.
Sweden is a true heaven. What it represents is peace, growth, stability, positivity,
kindness, sustainability and courage. It imparts as a positive lesson to the world, which
is at present mired deeply in the negative politics of realism.

Stockholm, Gotland, Gothenburg, Swedish Lapland and Uppsala are the main tourist
destinations in the European country of Sweden.

Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden. It is comprised of at least fourteen islands. It is
where the annual Nobel Prize ceremony is conducted. The thirteenth century city is
special for many reasons. Primarily, it is one of the largest as well as advanced cities in
the region of Scandinavia. The city is the heart of the country. It is the epicentre of
economic activity. It is home to several important official buildings, business centres,
museums and many more valuables. The Vasa Museum, Royal Palace, Modern Art
Museum and City Hall are the prime attractions in this part of the world.

The largest Island of the country, Gotland, is a favourite destination of sun seekers. The
Island experiences more sunlight a year than other regions in the country. It is in the
Baltic Sea. Hanseatic town is the main attraction here. The Island is home to several
medieval churches and historic ruins.

Gothenburg means happiness (though not its verbal meaning, the one thing that
emerges when the memories of this city is recalled is happiness). This green city is full
of parks; notably, many of them are more than a century or more old. Kungsparken is
the most prominent among the parks. The city hosts numerous festivals, such as music
and film festivals. It is where the region’s largest film festival is conducted.

Swedish Lapland, located in the northern region, is the best place to go adventurous. It
is apt for hikers and canoers. The region, which is scarcely populated, is also home to
an indigenous community, named Sami. The 359 km long Wilderness Way for the
canoeing center at Stromsund to the terminus at Vilhelmina via Fatmomakke is the best
way to explore the region to its extreme.

Uppsala is the twenty century religious center situated in the north of Stockholm. The
Uppsala Cathedral is the main tourist attraction in this part of the world. The region is
home to one of the old universities; the Uppsala University is several centuries old. The
presence of the Fyris River enhances the beauty of the city. The Uppsala castle is
another popular attraction here. The city is the birthplace of eighteenth century botanist
Carl Linnaeus. An attractive botanical garden is situated adjacent to the castle.

Visit this heaven at least once.

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