Sweden is the third largest country by area in Western Europe and fourth in all of Europe,
with a total population slightly over 9 million. Sweden is considered to be one of the most gay-friendly countries in Europe and possibly the world when it comes to laws surrounding homosexuality. Due to the strong sense of secularism dominating in most of the country and government, Sweden today is seen as a campaigner of gay rights.
Despite this same-sex marriage is still not legal, although civil unions are considered to be marriage within Swedish law.
Sweden may be the seventh country to legalize Same Sex Marriages, sometime in 2009.