Konungariket Sverige (Kingdom of Sweden)
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Sweden was covered by an ice cap until 14,000 years ago. The first inhabitants (from 10,000 BC) were hunters and fishermen but from 500 BC agriculture predominated. Swedish Vikings set up trading stations in Russia in the 9th century AD, travelled to the Black and Caspian Seas and developed trading links with the Byzantine Empire and the Caliphate. Paganism was dominant until the end of the 11th century when the country was fully Christianized.


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Further Reading

  1. Statistics Sweden. Statistik Årsbok/Statistical Yearbook of Sweden.—Historisk statistik för Sverige (Historical Statistics of Sweden). 1955 ff.—Allmän månadsstatistik (Monthly Digest of Swedish Statistics).—Statistiska meddelanden (Statistical Reports). From 1963Google Scholar
  2. Henrekson, M., An Economic Analysis of Swedish Government Expenditure. Aldershot, 1992Google Scholar
  3. Petersson, O., Swedish Government and Politics. Stockholm, 1994Google Scholar
  4. Sveriges statskalender. Published by Vetenskapsakademien. Annual, from 1813Google Scholar
  5. Turner, Barry, (ed.) Scandinavia Profiled. Macmillan, London, 2000Google Scholar
  6. National library: Kungliga Biblioteket, Stockholm.Google Scholar
  7. National statistical office: Statistics Sweden, PO Box 24300, SE-104 51 Stockholm.Google Scholar
  8. Swedish Institute Website:

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