Sweden is located in the Northen Europe, bordered by Norway on the West, Finland on the East. Area - 173 730 sq. mi.
Krona (SEK)= 100 ere. $1=7.19 SEK (Jan 2010)
8.865 mln. (2007). Swedish 91%, Finnish 3%
6 hours ahead of New-York time
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Since the territory of Sweden has considerable range in the submeridional direction, it is much colder on the north of the country and vegetal period is shorter than in the south. Respectively is distinguished the duration of day and night. However, as a whole for Sweden is characteristic the large repetition of sunny and dry weather in comparison with many other countries of North Western Europe, especially in winter. Despite the fact that 15% of country are located behind the Arctic Circle, and entire it is located north 55° N, because of the wind effect, which blow from Atlantic Ocean, climate sufficiently soft. Such climatic conditions are favorable for the development of forests, comfortable stay of people and managing of more productive agriculture than in the continental regions, situated on the same latitudes. In the entire territory of Sweden the winters are protracted, and summer short.
In Lunde in the south of Sweden the average temperature of January is 33° F, July 62° F, and the average annual temperature is 45° F. In Karesuando on the north of the country the corresponding indices - 57° F, 56° F and - 37°F. The snow yearly falls in the entire territory of Sweden; however, snow covers Skone only 47 days, whereas into Karesuando - 170-190 days. Ice cover in the lakes on the average remains 115 days in the south of the country, 150 days in the central regions and not less than 200 days - in north. On the coasts of the Bothnia Gulf the ice formation begins approximately in the middle of November and is held to the end of May. In the northern part of the Baltic sea and the Bothnia Gulf the fogs are usual.
Average annual amount of precipitation varies from 18" to Gotland Island in the Baltic sea and the extreme north of the country to 28" on the western coast of South Sweden. In the northern regions it is 18-21", in the central - 22", and southern - somewhat more than 23". The greatest amount of precipitation falls out in the end of the summer (in some places it is expressed the second maximum in October), smallest - since February until April. The number of days with the gale winds varies from 20 in the year on western coast to 8-2 - on the coast of the Bothnia Gulf .
The most advantageous purchases in Sweden: high-quality glass- and cut glass there are in wide sale in the entire country. You will visit the sales of goods on the decreased prices in the main stores of the articles made of the glass, such as the stores of firms “Orrefors”, “Costa Boda” and other, located in the Småland province. If you interest ceramic parts, store “Nya Höganäs-Keramik” in city Höganäs of retail prices.
Everywhere in Sweden, even in the small villages, you will find the stores of the articles of the handicraft production (on -Swedish these articles they are called “hemslöjd”, in English - handicrafts), where you can purchase the traditional articles of people trades, such as knitted articles, embroidries and sewing and the article of thread on the tree.
Most of the stores of the country worke everyday days 9.30 to 18.00, on Saturdays from 9.30 to 14.00/16.00. In the large cities universal stores work to 19.00 and evens later. Some of them are also opened on Sundays from 12.00 to 16.00. On the eve of the state holidays the stores, as a rule, are shut earlier than the usual.