1. Sweden has the highest number of McDonald’s restaurants per capita in Europe.
2. Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest six times. Only Ireland (seven) has more wins.
3. Ikea was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad. An average of 1,836,000 meatballs are eaten daily in Ikea’s 313 stores worldwide.
4. In 1766, Sweden became the first country to pass an act guaranteeing Freedom of the Press.
5. In 1979, Sweden became the first country to impose a ban on smacking children.
6. Donald Duck is known as Kalle Anka in Sweden. Mickey Mouse is Musse Pigg.
7. There are about 400,000 moose in the forests of Sweden. Around 6,000 road accidents a year involve collisions with moose.
8. King Charles VII ruled Sweden from 1161-67. There never were any kings Charles I to VI.
9. In fact, the numbering began with Charles IX (ruled 1604-11) who calculated his number based on a fictional history of the country. Charles VIII and VII were posthumously assigned numbers.
10. From 1157 to 1809, Finland was part of Sweden. There is still a golf course in which half the holes are in Sweden and the other half in Finland.