From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishSwedenSwe‧den /ˈswiːdn/ 🔊 🔊 a country in Scandinavia, northernEurope. Population: 9,119,423 (2014). Capital: Stockholm. It is a member of the EU, and is known for its high standard of living and its very generous system of welfare, paid for by taxes. People from Sweden are called Swedes.