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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
Area:   450,295 sq km (land: 410,335 sq km water: 39,960 sq km)
Climate:  Temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in north
Languages:  Swedish (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities
Population:  9,723,809 (July 2014 est.)
Capital:  Stockholm
Religion:  Lutheran 87%, other (includes Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist) 13%
Ethnic Groups:  Indigenous population: Swedes with Finnish and Sami minorities; foreign-born or first-generation immigrants: Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks
Independence:  6 June 1523 (Gustav VASA elected king)

Source:  CIA Factbook