Issue Dates: 1874-1990
Scott Catalogue Value: $1,906.85
Mystic Price: $1,450.00
You Save: $456.85
Large Sweden collection contains approximately 850 stamps and 47 album pages. Blend of mint and postally used stamps with some also never-hinged or in mounts. Earliest stamps of this collection are Officials #O5-11 and #O12-25 that have a combined catalogue value of about $700. Also a complete Semi-postal #B32-36 set in mint never-hinged condition. Other highlights are several booklets such as #1808a plus Airmail, Parcel Post and Postage due stamps.
Sweden is a prosperous and democratic country with a social welfare system dedicated to the economic security of its citizens. A constitutional monarchy, the Swedish government has maintained careful neutrality in world conflicts, and has concentrated its efforts on becoming a highly industrialized nation. Agriculture is limited by its location in the northern latitudes, and largely mountainous topography. Instead, Sweden has used its timber, iron, and water power to build strong industries. Swedish steel products are considered to be the most excellent in the world. The country is also noted for producing fine glassware and beautiful furniture.
Sweden shares the Scandinavian peninsula with Norway, to its west. A range of rugged mountains separates the two countries. Sweden’s east coast is on the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia. Icy rivers and waterfalls spill down the mountains and flow to the coast through the large forests of northern and central Sweden. The larger metropolitan areas are located along the coast; the most famous is the Swedish capital of Stockholm.
The “Venice of the North,” as Stockholm is sometimes called, is built on a group of small islands on Sweden’s east coast. The natural landscape was taken into consideration when this city was designed. It developed quickly into a bustling metropolis with over a million inhabitants. Parks, tree-lined squares and boulevards, playgrounds and wading pools are as important in the city plan as the strikingly modern steel and glass towers. On the islands that make up the historical heart of the city, narrow twisting streets still surround the imposing Royal Palace.
Swedes enjoy a standard of living that is among the highest in the world. Incomes are highly taxed, but the government spends a major portion of its budget on social welfare programs such as free college tuition for all Swedes, free child delivery, and annual allowances to mothers, as well as liberal retirement and health care benefits.