Travel guides: Sweden

This contains references to and short reviews of good travel guides and books providing historical information about Sweden that improves understanding and appreciation of the country and its people.
Sweden is a country with approximately 9.4 million people. It is the third largest country in the EU area in terms of area. The Swedes speak Swedish but most Swedes also speak and understand English well. Like Denmark and Norway, Sweden is a constitutional monarchy.
The Swedish Empire was one of the great powers of Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. In the medieval ages, Sweden was the home of Vikings (from the 8th through the 11th century).
During the period between 1820–1930, approximately 1.3 million Swedes, a third of the country's population, emigrated to North America, and most of them to the United States. There are more than 4.4 million Swedish Americans according to a 2006 U.S. Census Bureau estimate.
Cities: The largest cities in Sweden are Stockholm (2 million), Gothenburg (0.9 mill), Malmö (.6 mill) and Uppsala (0.2 mill.).
Sweden is a gorgeous country, and Stockholm, the capitol, is a city with great natural beauty and with an interesting history. It is over 700 years old and spreads across 14 islands as it faces proudly out to the Baltic Sea. In the centre are Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and Riddarholmen, two islands that together make up Northern Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval city core, with a history dating back to the 13th century.