Swedish language is spoken by over 10 million people, and is an official language in Sweden and some parts of Finland. Swedish dialects may differ significantly depending on the region.
Swedish culture is so rich and bright that many people are amazed when they find out that the population of this country is about 9 million people.
When it comes to the Swedish culture and things associated with Sweden, many of us immediately think of IKEA. Yet even besides this world’s leading furniture manufacturer, Sweden has always been a leader in interior design and architecture. Back in 1930s, Swedish designers introduced the world to the clean, sophisticated designs which are still associated with Scandinavia.
Sweden is home to the world’s most prestigious and talked-about award, the Nobel prize. It was established by Alfred Nobel, the Swedish physicist who invented dynamite.
Sweden has a rich literary tradition stretched throughout the centuries. These days, the books of Swedish writers are frequently present on the international bestseller lists. These include the detective novelist Henning Mankell and thriller writer Stieg Larsson with his 'Girl With Dragon Tattoo' trilogy. And of course everyone remembers Swedish children’s writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of the Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Maple Hills, and more.
With rich folk culture, Sweden is an inspiration for music and other creative domains all over the world. In music, this country has produced an incredible number of pop stars. All of these singers and bands are Swedish: ABBA, Ace of Base, The Cardigans, A*Teens, Alcazar, Rednex, September, Avicii, Loreen and many more.