is the third largest EU country in land area, after France and Spain
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- Economy & Politics
- With 42.7% of female parliamentarians (in 2002), Sweden has the highest proportion of women lawmakers in the world. In 1862, Sweden became the first country to grant suffrage for (married) women in local elections.
- Sweden is set to become the first country in the world to phase out petrol for biofuel.
- Sweden has the highest number of nuclear plants per capita, with 10 reactors for 9 million inhabitants.
- Sweden has the highest number or patents granted of an European country, with 271 per million people.
- Sweden ranks second in Europe (after Finland) in terms of technological achievement.
- Total taxation in Sweden amount to 54.2 % of GDP, the highest level worldwide.
- Sweden has, along with Denmark and Hungary, the highest standard V.A.T. rate in the world (25%).
- With Ericsson, Sweden is a global leader in mobile telecommunication technology. The country also has the highest percentage of mobile phones per capita in Europe (108.4%), after Luxembourg. There are now more mobile phones than people in Sweden.
- Sweden has an excellent reputation as a car maker with Volvo and Saab. Scania trucks are also Swedish.
- The world-famous discount furniture chain IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943.
- The Swedish company Electrolux holds 28% share of the household appliances market in the world. It owns over 40 brands, including AEG-Electrolux, Zanussi, Eureka and Frigidaire.
- Europe's largest shopping mall is the Nordstan in Gothenburg, with approximately 180 shops and 150 offices on 320,000 m2.
- The Stockholm Globe Arena is the world's largest hemispherical building, with a diameter of 110 meters, an inner height of 85 meters, and a total volume of 600,000 m³. It is also the world's largest scale model of the Solar System.