Sweden is the largest of the Nordic countries but it is sparsely populated. It borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Demark via the bridge of Öresund. It has a long coastline with numerous forests and lakes. Sweden is seen as a desirable place to live with its strong tradition of being open and its excellent welfare facilities. The standard of living and life expectancy of its population ranks amongst the highest in the world. Sweden houses the Nobel Prize committee for all prizes except the peace prize which is hosted in Oslo.