Sweden is located in Northern Europe. With a population of about 10 million, it has the highest population of all Scandinavian Countries. About 85% live in urban areas and about 25% of the approx. 10 million inhabitants have a foreign background. Sweden has a high standard regarding the quality of life, equality, prosperity, and other social welfare aspects. Lakes, islands, and forests form the Swedish landscape, and about 15% of the land are situated north of the Arctic Circle.