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17 Facts About Sweden

Sustainable development is not only about knowing in which can your trash goes, it goes way deeper than that. It’s about equality, health, poverty and so many other facts that policy makers must take into consideration to have a proper leadership. That’s why the aim of this post is to present to you how Sweden is one of the top leaders following UN’s 17 Sustainable Goals 2015-2030. Do you know them by heart? Well, here they are…

1. No Poverty

0.09 is Sweden’s ratio when it comes to poverty as reported by the OECD (2014).

2. Zero Hunger

Less than 3.5% is the amount of Swedish people at risk of not having enough money to buy a proper meal every second day as reported by Eurostat (2016).

3. Good Health and Well-being

As of 2015, 82.5 years of life expectancy at birth in Sweden. One of the top 5 countries in the field.

4. Quality Education

Sweden comes at 4th place when it comes to USD/Student ratio on spending money for eduction.

5. Gender Equality

In the Gini Coefficient, where 0 means complete equality and 1 complete inequality, Sweden ranked in 2014 0.274.

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

87% of Sweden’s population were connected by 2014 to a waste water treatment facility, meaning that they treat water, a lot!

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Renewable energy accounts for more than 50% of Sweden’s energy production. 

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Sweden has the highest GDP from all the Scandinavian countries.

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

5th country with the highest %GDP spent on R&D in 2015.

10. Reduced Inequalities

2º place in the “Women in Politics” index with 52.2%… those Finnish people -.- 

11. Sustainable Cities

Växjö, Malmö, Umeå, Stockholm… more info? Click here.

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Less than 1% of household waste ends up in a landfill in Sweden.

13. Climate Action

Committed country working towards a sustainable future by being part of the Paris Agreement.

14. Life Below Water

Baltic Sea Action Plan member for a better environmental status by 2021 regarding the eutrophication of the zone.

15. Life on Land

Committed to environment and the responsable use of Sweden’s lands, they rank 11th in the list of the countries with more trees in the world this year.

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Sweden has not actively participated in a war since 1814.

17. Partnerships for the Goals

To reach and keep improving all its goals, Sweden has been member of the UN since 1946 (The UN was founded in 1945 :D).

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What’s warm as the Sun and spicy as a jalapeño? My home country México. My name is Fernando and I came to Sweden to study the master’s programme in Sustainable Technology at KTH. Come, join me to learn and understand the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle, and where else to do this than in Sweden?