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[sweed-n] /ˈswid n/
a kingdom in N Europe, in the E part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. 173,732 sq. mi. (449,964 sq. km).
Capital: Stockholm.
Swedish Sverige.
Related forms
anti-Sweden, adjective
pro-Sweden, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We lived just as we had in Sweden, as we were in a Swedish settlement.

  • In Sweden there is a story that may remind us of the Sutherlandshire legend.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • He waged a futile war with Sweden which cost blood and treasure, but brought no advantage to either of the combatants.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • He had "got over" her, it seemed, wherever he was—Russia, Sweden—who knew—who cared?

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • The Sound is here very narrow, the shore of Sweden being not more than three or foul miles off.

    Fred Markham in Russia W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Sweden


a kingdom in NW Europe, occupying the E part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, on the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic: first united during the Viking period (8th–11th centuries); a member of the European Union. About 50 per cent of the total area is forest and 9 per cent lakes. Exports include timber, pulp, paper, iron ore, and steel. Official language: Swedish. Official religion: Church of Sweden (Lutheran). Currency: krona. Capital: Stockholm. Pop: 9 119 423 (2013 est). Area: 449 793 sq km (173 665 sq miles) Swedish name Sverige
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Sweden

c.1600, originally in Scottish (Swethin, Swadne, etc.), from Middle Dutch Sweden, probably a dative plural of Swede (earlier in English Sweden was used of the people and Swedeland of the country). In Old English, the country was Sweoland or Sweorice (cf. Old Norse sviariki, source of Swedish Sverige). Ultimately named for the original inhabitants (see Swede).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Sweden in Culture

Sweden definition

Constitutional monarchy in northern Europe, in the eastern part of Scandinavia. Its capital and largest city is Stockholm.

Note: Traditionally neutral, Sweden maintained its neutrality through both World War I and World War II.
Note: It is known for its advanced and comprehensive social welfare legislation.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Sweden in Technology

Country code: se.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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