Sweden - Geography and Maps
Sweden is the fifth largest country in Europe and is the largest of the Scandinavian bloc. Located in Northern Europe, it has land borders with Norway in the west, and Finland in the northeast, while sharing maritime borders with Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Sweden enjoys 3,218 km (2,000 mi) of coastline, much of it in the Baltic Sea.
The landscape of Sweden is dotted with hills, mountains, streams and lakes, the largest of which is Lake Vänern. On the Norwegian border is the Scandinavian mountain chain, which hosts the highest peak in Sweden. This peak, known as Kebnekaise, reaches 2,104 m (6,903 ft) in height.
Sweden has a total of 25 provinces, the northernmost being Lapland. This province extends well into the Arctic Circle and parts of it have been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is the most populous city in the Nordic region. The cultural, political and economic centre of Sweden, Stockholm is interestingly spread across fourteen islands that are part of the Stockholm archipelago.
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