- Country Profile
country profile Location Southeastern Scandinavian peninsula Capital Stockholm Population 9,039,964 (June 2007) Area 449,964㎢ (2.4 times the size of the Korean peninsula) Race composition Swedish (95%) Religion Rutheranism (87%) Form of government Constitutional monarchy system Language Swedish, minority race language Currency Swedish Krona (SEK) Independence Day Jun. 6, 1523 (Date of King Gustav Vasa’s election) Date of diplomatic relationship established Oct. 15, 1960 Military attache establishment Jun. 1970 in Sweden, in Korea(residing in Japan Aug. 2007)
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Located on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe, Sweden used to hold the policy of neutrality. When the Korean War broke out, however, the Swedish government decided to dispatch a mobile field hospital unit. The field hospital unit left Stockholm on July 28, 1950, and arrived in Pusan on September 23, 1950.
The Swedish medical unit supported Korea for six and a half years until they withdrew in April 1957. During the war a total of 1,124 Swedish men and women served at the hospital in Pusan. They stayed longer than any other army in the UN forces, and provided invaluable medical assistance.
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