Sweden, or the Kingdowm of
Sweden, is a constitutional monarchy with a population of about 10
million. The country is bordered by Norway and Finland. It is
connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel. The area was dominated by
the Vikings from the 8th to 11th centuries. The Swedish Empire held
great influence in the 17th century. Today Sweden is a member of the
European Union. Norwegian surnames in the past were heavily patronymic
and changed with each generation based on the father's first name by
adding "sson", as in Erikssonor Andersson.
Sweden participates in the Schengen
Zone and Schengen Visa requirements. That means there
are no border controls between members and no border inspections by
rail or vehicle when traveling from Sweden to Finland or Norway. Some countries that are not
members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe. More
than 40 countries outside the Schengen Zone do not require a visa.
Exemptions include citizens of Australia,
Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United
States. Check your specific country at VisaHQ.
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.