Interesting Facts about Sweden

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  • Advertising to children under the age of 12 is illegal in Sweden.
  • Swedish people recycle so much that the Waste-to-Power plants actually import waste from Norway.
  • Swedish parents are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave when a child is born or adopted.
  • Sweden has 95,700 lakes larger than 100 meters by 100 meters. That equals 9% of Sweden’s total area.
  • Swedish blood donors receive a ‘Thank you’ text when they donate blood, but they also receive a text whenever their blood is used to help someone.
  • Sweden became the first country in the world to introduce a constitutional law to abolish censorship in 1766.
  • There is no right turn on red.
  • Elk fences along the sides of large roads prevent elk from wandering into traffic.
  • Sweden was the first country in the world to introduce standardized time, which was necessary to make train tables.
  • The Nobel Prizes have been awarded every year in Stockholm, Sweden, since 1901.
  • The Swedish monarchy is one of the oldest in the world. It dates back a thousand years and has included 11 dynasties, with the current one, the House of Bernadotte.
  •  Sweden has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, 74 years for men and 80 years for women.
  • The world’s first ice hotel was built in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, in the 1980s by architect Yngve Bergqvist.