|Government Type= HM's Government
== Achieving Great Power ==
Sweden starts at an excellent position for achieving [[Great power]] status. It boasts a good array of [[RGOs|RGO]] primarily Iron and Timber, a highly literate population and a dominant party (Conservatives) that supports State Capitalism.
The fastest way to increase
your score is going for Cultural technologies that give a prestige bonus, right from the start. That will elevate the country to Great Power as soon as the first prestige awarding inventions get discovered.In the meantime, industrialization is easy, as Sweden can afford to build many factories and the political party allows it. Cement and Glass are good choices for your first factories. This way, when [[railways]] become available, the [[capitalists]] base can build the railway grid for you.
== Forming Scandinavia ==
=== Denmark ===
Including [[Denmark]] to
your Sphere of Influence is not hard. It is keeping [[Prussia]] or [[Austria]] from taking parts of [[Denmark]] that is hard. With Heart of Darkness, Prussia and Austria no longer hold cores on Danish Schleswig-Holstein before they have researched Nationalism and Imperialism. Because of this, the AI for Prussia and Austria will no longer attempt to take Schleswig-Holstein in the first few years of the game. This means that Scandinavia can be formed simply by sphering Denmark, without the need to fight a tough war with Prussia or Austria.
you feel like being a little gamey, you can release [[Norway]] and [[Jan Mayen]] when you are a great power and just about to form [[Scandinavia]]. That way you can lose 10 infamy.
== Finland ==
[[Finland]] next, this is the harder one. Sweden has cores in Finland if they did not chose the [[abandon Finland]] decision. [[abandon Finland]] will make Sweden lose its cores in exchange for 10 prestige.
Finland does not have a large population nor a good literacy (initial population:371.850).
You should seriously consider if 10 prestige is more worth it.
==== Military Option ====
== Further Ambitions ==
There are [[Austria]], [[Prussia]]([[NGF]]) and [[Russia]] right next to Sweden and
you can get stronger by beating any of them. From Austria or Russia you can add more countries to your Sphere of Influence by releasing them, while from Prussia annex parts of northern [[Germany]]. Allies are useful for such plans, as they are all of them more powerful than you, at least early on.Looking for opportunities and the right timing can greatly aid you in this.
Sweden is in a relatively safe position.
If one has invested in a strong navy, it can keep Prussia from landing troops in southern Sweden. or with some luck and the right timing,
you can lock the Prussian or Russian fleet out of the Baltic and easily blockade their ports.