thousands of years, by early humans who left remnants of their civilization through simple tools and cave drawings. Sweden was originally a set of provinces that, around 1000 AD, were absorbed into a single unit, with their government system being that of an absolute monarchy. However, by 1389, Sweden, along with Norway and Denmark, was placed under the rule of Danish Queen Margareta, creating the Kalmar Union. The Kalmar union fell apart due to internal conflicts, and Sweden became independent
per square mile and only a .3 % per year population growth. Their Gross National Product is approximately $227,315,000,000 with a $25,710 per capita (1996 est.). With agriculture (primarily dairy and livestock) only making up 2.5 % of the G.D.P., Sweden's key manufacturing industries are precision parts, paper, iron, steel, and processed food. The crops that they do produce are mainly potatoes, grains and sugar beats. Their natural resources are iron ore, lead, copper, zinc, silver and uranium.