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Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden (Swedish: Konungariket Sverige), is a country in Northern Europe. Its population is about 9.5 million, its official language is Swedish and its capital and largest city is Stockholm. It is a member of the European Union.

Sweden emerged as an independent and unified country during the Middle Ages (5-15th century). In the 17th century, it expanded its territories to form the Swedish Empire, which became one of the great powers in Europe until the 18th and 19th centuries. Since then, Sweden has been at peace and has maintained its neutrality throughout the wars that engulfed Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the two World Wars.

Sweden is currently ruled by a constitutional monarchy, with King Carl XVI Gustaf as the head of state and the Prime Minister as the head of government. It is a highly developed country with high standards of living, income equality, education and healthcare.

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Spanking in SwedenEdit

 
Artist Fritz von Dardel's depiction of the so called "husaga" (the right of the master of the household to corporally punish his servants) still permitted in Sweden during the 19th century.

Spanking was common in Sweden until the 20th century. Traditional was birching, but also a variety of other implements were used in Sweden, e.g. canes and belts.

Sweden was the first country worldwide that made the spanking of children illegal, not only in schools but also for parents. This law was passed in 1979 and persists to the present day.

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