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Sweden

Population: 9,031,088
Area: 173,732 sq. miles
Location: Europe
Capital: Stockholm
Major Cities: Gothenburg, Malmo
Language(s): Swedish
Winter Olympic Debut: 1924

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Sweden is a constitutional monarchy on the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe. It is bordered by Norway to the west, the Baltic Sea to the south, and Finland to the east. The Swedes have lived in present-day Sweden for at least 5,000 years, longer than nearly any other European people. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has mainted armed neutrality for nearly two centuries, including both world wars (though Sweden does have troops in Afghanistan).

Sweden: Olympic Tradition

Sweden ranks eighth all-time on the medals list with 118 medals, including 14 in Torino. Fifty-six of those medals have come in cross-country skiing. Sweden won an additional eight figure skating medals in 1908 and 1920, when figure skating was part of the Summer Games. Sweden has never hosted the Olympic Winter Games.

Sweden: Vancouver Outlook

Sweden will have strong medal contenders in many sports, including Alpine skiing, women's curling, cross-country skiing, and men's and women's hockey.

Explore & Compare

Explore & Compare

How many golds did the U.S. win at the 1980 Lake Placid Games? How do Norway, Sweden and Finland match up from Olympics to Olympics? Explore and compare medal standings through the years.

Parade of Nations

Parade of Nations

Parade of Nations

Images of the Parade of Nations at the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Parade of Nations: U.S. delegation

Parade of Nations: U.S. delegation

Images of the U.S. delegation at the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 12.

2010 Medal Standings

CountryGOLDSILVERBRONZETotal
CANUSA9151337
CANGER1013730
CANCAN147526
CANNOR98623
CANAUT46616
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