|Government type||HM's Government|
|Ruling party||Konservativa Partiet (conservative)|
|Capital||Stockholm (ID 322)|
|Tech school||Corporative Industrialism|
Achieving Great Power
Sweden starts at an excellent position for achieving Great power status. It boasts a good array of RGO, 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. Since the country has effectively two cultures (Swedish and Norwegian) which are clearly geographically separated, it is important to help build up the capitalist classes in both of them, so make sure you build some prosperous factories both in the Swedish regions (i.e. Svealand) and in the Norwegian ones (i.e. Östland). Cement and Glass are good choices for your first factories. This way, when railways become available, this prosperous capitalist base can build the railway grid for you. The Swedish capitalists work on the Swedish regions and the Norwegians on their own.
Next in row is to form Scandinavia. For this Great power status is needed as well as an intact Denmark(and Schleswig and Iceland if they are independent) to be included in the Sphere of Influence or taken by might. The Diplomatic way is by far the easiest.
If Sweden intends to form Scandinavia, but Prussia or Austria has taken Schleswig from Denmark, it is useful to use the "free people" Casus belli on Schleswig. It does not cost as much infamy as acquire state and Denmark usually annex Schleswig itself.
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.
The harder option is to Declare a war of unification on Russia to acquire the northern Finland states. There are about 27,000 Soldiers scattered through far western Russia and Finland as well as 36,000 in St.Petersburg. Another 37,000 are stationed next to Austria. This is a very hard war as Sweden has a tiny population and thus a tiny army. Build forts and then wait until Russia is at war for this. Repeat for Finland's other states.
If one is lucky a Finnish national revolution will succeed. One needs to be extremely lucky for this to happen and one can do nothing to provoke it. The Russian army will put the revolution to the ground if they are not occupied elsewhere. If it should happen, One can then take the swedish cores right after you have enjoyed the rare sight of an independent Finland.
In HOD anyone else than Great Powers can start a crisis by using the increase tension national focus. This can be used on Russia's provinces to start a crisis. If the 7 other will help Sweden, Russia can be forced to give up Finland. However, this must be done before Sweden is a Great Power.
In order of easiness of an enemy, there are Austria, Prussia and Russia right next to Sweden and you can get stronger by beating any of them. From Austria or Prussia you can add more countries to your Sphere of Influence, while from Russia you can liberate Finland and force free (satellites) the Baltic states. 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, where a strong navy can keep Prussia from landing troops in your lands 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.