Sweden is a Scandinavian country located in northern Europe, bordered by Norway to the west, and the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic Sea to the east. In the waters off of the eastern coast are thousands of small islands. It is connected to Denmark, its southern neighbor, by the Öresund Bridge. It is one of the largest countries by land in Europe, with large expanses of pristine natural environment characterized by forests, lakes, and rivers. 53% of Sweden’s land area is covered by forest, home to a variety of wild animals including moose, lynx, bears, wolves, foxes, and boars, to name only a few. A large number of migratory birds can be spotted in the winter, and fish thrive on the coast and in the many lakes.

According to the Swedish right known as Allemansrätten (Right of Public Access), people can wander freely on open land, and through forests, picking berries, hiking, and camping. Most of Sweden’s population live in cities, the largest of which are Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö.

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