Legislative power is vested in the 349-member unicameral Riksdag.
Executive power is exercised by the government chaired by the prime minister.
The last war in which Sweden was directly involved was in 1814, when Norway was militarily forced into personal union.
Since then, Sweden has been at peace, maintaining an official policy of neutrality in foreign affairs.
Sweden has a total population of 10 million It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi); the highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.
Approximately 85% of the population lives in urban areas.
In folklore, a ghost (sometimes known as an apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter or spectre, spirit, spook, and wraith) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living.
Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is heavily forested.
Today, Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, with a monarch as head of state, like its neighbour Norway.
The capital city is Stockholm, which is also the most populous city in the country.
This became one of the great powers of Europe until the early 18th century.
Swedish territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were gradually lost during the 18th and 19th centuries, ending with the annexation of present-day Finland by Russia in 1809.