If you use Google.se and type in “Weird facts about…”, weird facts about Sweden comes up as the third suggestion, after weird facts about animals and weird facts about humans. Inspired by this discovery, I decided to gather a few fun facts about our beloved Sweden. Weird or not, here goes:
* Sweden has the longest life expectancy in Europe, 80.5 years.
* Swedish women has their first child in average at 30 years old , the oldest in Europe along with the Netherlands and Ireland.
* Sweden has the highest percentage of working mothers in the developed world, 76% of all the mothers go back to work.
* 40% of the Swedish women and 32% of the Swedish men aged between 25-64 participate in education or training. The EU average is 10% for women and 9% for men.
* As of 2006, Sweden had received 27 Noble prizes, including 5 peace prizes. This is the highest per capita ratio.
* Sweden has the highest ratio of McDonald’s restaurants per capita in Europe.
* Sweden has the highest number of nuclear plants per capita in Europe, with 10 reactors for 9 million inhabitants.
* Sweden has – along with Denmark and Hungary – the highest VAT in the world: 25%.
* Swedish Inventions include:
– The perfected the design of the zipper (Gideon Sundbäck).
– The marine propeller (John Ericsson).
– The refrigerator (Carl Munters and Baltzar von Platen).
– The computer mouse (Håkan Lans).
– The pace-maker (Rune Elmqvist).
* A popular Swedish souvenir is the road sign for moose-crossing. Every year a huge number of these signs are stolen from Swedish roads.
* The Stockholm Globe Arena is the largest hemispherical building in the world with a diameter of 110 meters, an inner height of 85 meters and a total volume of 600 000 cubic meters.