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Contemporary Sweden prides itself on championing human rights and equality, as manifested in its social welfare system. Additionally, concepts such as ‘lagom’ (‘the middle way’) and modesty are cornerstones of Swedish culture. These ideas influence the country’s cuisine, architecture and even communication styles.
In 2017, the Pew Research Center found in their Global Attitutes Survey that 59.9% of the Swedes regarded themselves as Christians, with 48.7% belonging to the Church of Sweden, 9.5% were Unaffiliated Christians, 0.7% were Pentecostal Protestants, 0.4% were Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox and the Congregationalist were …
Judaism is the country’s oldest global non-Christian religion, practiced in Sweden since 1776. After Christianity, Islam is the largest religion in Sweden, with about 100,000 active practitioners at the turn of the 21st century, although the number of Swedes of Muslim heritage was nearly three times that number.
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The beginning of the religious experience in Sweden is often traced back to pre-Christian Norse religion. Norse beliefs formed the basis not for an organised religion, but rather for an overarching cultural system. Central to the practice of Norse beliefs were ‘rites’, among them the ritual sacrifice of animals, and sometimes even humans!
The celebration of powerful Swedish cultural traditions such as Lucia can also include a church service and hymn singing. The presence of religious heritage in Sweden can also be seen in the several Christian holidays that still pepper the Swedish calendar.
Enshrined in Sweden’s constitution is the right to religious freedom. This is a right which is observed at all levels of national operations in Swedish society in order to provide Swedish citizens with comfortable and fair environments in which to practice their respective religious beliefs.
While a large portion of residents are still members of the Lutheran Church of Sweden, contemporary Swedish society is very secular. A church in Kiruna, Sweden. Enshrined in Sweden’s constitution is the right to religious freedom.