Background: A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war in almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both World Wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system interlarded with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 by the global economic downturn, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Indecision over the country's role in the political and economic integration of Europe delayed Sweden's entry into the EU until 1995, and waived the introduction of the euro in 1999.
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- December 23rd 2012 The Cold Swedish Winter
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- November 23rd 2012 Entry #5: Sweden - another train ride
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- September 9th 2012 Second Post!
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- August 28th 2012 Life in Luleå
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- April 24th 2012 Snow Flapping Sarek (Arctic Sweden)
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- March 1st 2012 Lapland. You can Sleep when you're Dead.
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- March 1st 2012 Northern Lights
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- February 28th 2012 February 13th - 19th
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- February 28th 2012 February 20th - 26th
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- February 28th 2012 PHOTOS ADDED!
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- February 17th 2012 Monday Jan 30th - Friday Feb 3rd
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- February 17th 2012 Saturday February 4th
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- February 17th 2012 February 6th - February 12th 2012
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- February 7th 2012 PHOTOS!!!
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- January 30th 2012 Fri Jan 27th - International Dinner!
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- January 30th 2012 Sat Jan 28th and Sun Jan 29th - My Birthday!
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- January 26th 2012 Thur Jan 26th 2012
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- January 25th 2012 Wed Jan 25th 2012
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- January 24th 2012 Mon Jan 23 & Tue Jan 24th 2012 -- NORTHERN LIGHTS!!!
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- January 22nd 2012 Thur Jan 19th 2012
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