Sweden is the largest of the Nordic countries, with a population of about 9.5 million. It borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark via the bridge of Öresund. The Baltic Sea, including the Gulf of Bothnia, lies east of Sweden, separating it from most of Finland.
Norrland is one of three lands of Sweden besides Svealand and Götaland. Norrland encompasses two-thirds of the country's surface, but no more than 12 per cent of its population; currently about 1.15 million.