has a prominent choral music tradition. Sweden rose to prominence on a continental scale during the tenure of king Gustavus Adolphus, seizing territories from Russia and PolandLithuania in multiple conflicts, including the Thirty Years' War. 168 In 2010.8 of the country's GDP was collected as taxes, the second highest among oecd countries, and nearly double the percentage in the US or South Korea. Sweden was the first country in the world to outlaw corporal punishment of children by their parents (parents' right to spank their own children was first removed in 1966, and it was explicitly prohibited by law from July 1979). The Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research has published an overview of jazz in Sweden by Lars Westin. "Befolkningsutveckling; födda, döda, in- och utvandring, gifta, skilda 17492007" Population Development; births, deaths, immigration and emigration, married, divorced (in Swedish). Sweden is first described in a written source in Germania by Tacitus in. The country's main quality morning papers are Dagens Nyheter (liberal Göteborgs-Posten (liberal Svenska Dagbladet (liberal conservative) and Sydsvenska Dagbladet (liberal). With the conversion of the land to Christianity around 1100 AD, Sweden entered the Middle Ages, during which monastic writers preferred to use Latin. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Sweden was seen as an international leader in what is now referred to as the " sexual revolution with gender equality having particularly been promoted. If you'd be so kind as to whitelist our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. In addition, the plague raging in East Central Europe devastated the Swedish dominions and reached Central Sweden in 1710. "Belief in ghosts rises across secular Sweden". North of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets for part of each summer, and it never rises for part of each winter. About 85 of the population live in urban areas. For over 50 years, Sweden had had five parties who continually received enough votes to gain seats in the Riksdagthe Social Democrats, the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal People's Party and the Left Partybefore the Green Party became the sixth party in the. 114 Apart from strictly official duties, the King and the other members of Royal Family undertake a variety of unofficial and other representative duties within Sweden and abroad.