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Sweden Geography 2017
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SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Sweden Geography 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

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

Geographic coordinates:
62 00 N, 15 00 E

Map references:
Europe

Area:
total: 450,295 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 410,335 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 39,960 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 56

Area - comparative:
slightly larger than California

Land boundaries:
total: 2,211 km
border countries (2): Finland 545 km, Norway 1,666 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
3,218 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm (adjustments made to return a portion of straits to high seas)
exclusive economic zone: agreed boundaries or midlines
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation

Climate:
temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in north

Terrain:
mostly flat or gently rolling lowlands; mountains in west

Elevation:
mean elevation: 320 m
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: reclaimed bay of Lake Hammarsjon, near Kristianstad -2.4 m highest point: Kebnekaise 2,111 m

Natural resources:
iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver, tungsten, uranium, arsenic, feldspar, timber, hydropower

Land use:
agricultural land: 7.5% arable land 6.4%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 1.1%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 68.7%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 23.8% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
1,640 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population - distribution:
most Swedes live in the south where there the climate is more mild and there is better connectivity to mainland Europe; population clusters are found all along the Baltic coast in the east; the interior areas of the north remain sparsely populated

Natural hazards:
ice floes in the surrounding waters, especially in the Gulf of Bothnia, can interfere with maritime traffic

Environment - current issues:
acid rain damage to soils and lakes; pollution of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:
strategic location along Danish Straits linking Baltic and North Seas


NOTE: The information regarding Sweden on this page is re-published from the 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Sweden Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Sweden Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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