Fifteen thousand strong and ready for action - Camp Sweden claims a corner of Kiev

The yellow-clad Scandinavians are lighting up the Ukrainian capital, making the most of playing all their group games in the city by setting up their own enclave
 Kris Voakes
 In Kiev

With beer tents, food stalls, buses blasting out popular Swedish songs, and face painters, there is a small area of Kiev which has been taken over by visitors for the next couple of weeks.

Camp Sweden, an initiative which was first exercised at Euro 2004, has caught the imagination of thousands of Scandinavian fans who have descended on the city for their country's Group D fixtures, which begin with the clash with co-hosts Ukraine on Monday evening.

It is believed that up to 15,000 Swedes will make use of the reserved camping area and accompanying party space before a mass 45-minute march towards the stadium before each game Erik Hamren's side play in the group phase.

Belting out favourite tunes such as 'Stand up, we are yellow and blue' and 'Who's da man, Zlatan', the visitors have really been soaking up the atmosphere provided by the huge campus.

Among the revellers was Jorge from Stockholm, clad with blue wig as part of his patriotic outfit.

"Kiev is a very nice town, but it is very dangerous in the evening," he told "After midnight it is difficult to travel."

Per, another Stockholm native, has been in town for three days already.

"It's much nicer than I actually thought," he explained as he queued for a cold one at the beer tents. "I will stay for eight days, also watching the England game. I think it's a bit about luck, but we have a good chance to reach the quarter-finals."

There are Swedish police in attendance to help with such matters, with many of the force having been brought out to help ensure Swedes and Ukrainians alike have as comfortable a time as possible during the tournament.

"We are here to help Swedish supporters and serve them with whatever they need," said Tomas, a police officer and keen Sweden fan. "We will be stay as long as Sweden are in the tournament, hopefully until July 1."

It is a concept which crew member Henrik is hugely proud of being a part of.

"We organise this kind of thing for every championship," he explained. "We sort the camping so they can stay there, then the gathering place so they can relax before the game, have some beer and just enjoy the weather.

"We took a lot of fans to Austria four years ago, but I didn't think we would have so many fans this time. I don't know why there has been a big appeal this time. We just love our team and want to support them."

The Swedes start their assault on the championship against the co-hosts at 20:45CET, with full coverage from the stadium on