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An independent Swedish state emerged during the early 12th century.After the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century killed about a third of the Scandinavian population, which Sweden left in 1523.Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens.
He later mentions other Scandinavian tribes as being of a same stature.
When Sweden became involved in the Thirty Years War on the Reformist side, an expansion of its territories began and eventually the Swedish Empire was formed.
This became one of the great powers of Europe until the early 18th century.
Since then, Sweden has been at peace, maintaining an official policy of neutrality in foreign affairs.
Sweden was formally neutral through both world wars and the Cold War, albeit Sweden has since 2009 openly moved towards cooperation with NATO.