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Monarchy of Sweden

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The monarchy of Sweden is centered on the monarchical head of state of Sweden,[3] which is a constitutional and hereditary monarchy with a parliamentary system.[4] There have been kings in what now is the Kingdom of Sweden for more than a millennium. Originally an elective monarchy, it became a hereditary monarchy in the 16th century during the reign of Gustav Vasa,[5] though virtually all monarchs before that belonged to a limited and small number of families which are considered to be the royal dynasties of Sweden.

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King of Sweden
Sveriges Konung
Carl XVI Gustaf
since 15 September 1973
StyleHis Majesty
Heir apparentVictoria
First monarchEric the Victorious
Formation970; 1053 years ago (970)
ResidenceStockholm Palace[1]
Drottningholm Palace[2]

Sweden in the present day is a representative democracy in a parliamentary system based on popular sovereignty, as defined in the current Instrument of Government (one of the four Fundamental Laws of the Realm which makes up the written constitution[6]). The monarch and the members of the royal family undertake a variety of official, unofficial and other representational duties within Sweden and abroad.[5]