- Religious Freedom
- Religious Regulation
- Religious Support
- Public Opinion
Preferred Religion (2015)1: Protestant
Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (57.8%)
Features Of Constitution
|Is there a constitution?3||no, but a series of basic laws function in its place|
|Does the constitution state an official religion?3||recognition only [multiple instances in Basic Laws]|
|Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3||yes [Instrument of Government, Chapter 2, Article 1(6)]|
|Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3||yes [Instrument of Government, Chapter 1, Article 2]|
|Source3||Instrument of Government: Swedish Parliament|
|Translation3||Source is an English translation.|
|Current as of3||July 31, 2018|
Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3
Instrument of Government (1974)
Chapter 1. Basic principles of the form of government.
The public institutions shall combat discrimination of persons on grounds of ... religious affiliation ...
The opportunities of ... religious minorities to preserve and develop a cultural and social life of their own shall be promoted.
Chapter 2. Fundamental rights and freedoms.
Everyone shall be guaranteed the following rights and freedoms in his or her relations with the public institutions:
(6) freedom of worship: that is, the freedom to practise one’s religion alone or in the company of others.
No one shall in his or her relations with the public institutions be coerced to divulge an opinion in a ... religious ... connection. Nor may anyone in his or her relations with the public institutions be coerced ... to belong to a ... religious community ...
... No limitation [of rights and freedoms] may be imposed solely on grounds of a ... religious ... opinion.
In judging what limitations may be introduced [of freedoms of expression and information], particular attention shall be paid to the importance of the widest possible freedom of expression and freedom of information in ... religious ... matters.
For foreign nationals within the Realm, special limitations may be introduced to the following rights and freedoms:
(1) … freedom of worship (Article 1, paragraph one);
Chapter 8. Acts of law and other provisions.
Provisions concerning the following shall be adopted by means of an act of law:
(4) religious communities and the principles on which the Church of Sweden as a religious community is based;
Freedom of the Press Act (1982)
Chapter 2. On the Public Nature of Official Documents.
(2) It may also be laid down in law that the Government may determine that official documents may be transferred to the Church of Sweden, or any part of its organization, for safekeeping, without the documents ceasing thereby to be official. This applies to documents received or drawn up no later than 31 December 1999 by:
(1) public authorities which no longer exist and which performed tasks relating to the activities of the Church of Sweden; or
(2) decision-making assemblies of the Church of Sweden.
(3) In respect of documents transferred in accordance with Articles 12 to 16, the Church of Sweden and any part of its organization may be equated with a public authority.
Chapter 7. On Offenses Against the Freedom of the Press.
(11) agitation against a population group, whereby a person threatens or expresses contempt for a population group or other such group with allusion to … religious faith …
Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression (2015)
Chapter 1. Basic provisions.
In the case of radio programmes or part-programmes consisting … of religious services … arranged by some person other than the person operating the programme service, the following provisions are not applied:
Article 2, on the right to communicate and procure information for publication;
Article 4, prohibiting interventions;
Article 5, on the attitude to be adopted in applying this Fundamental Law;
Chapter 2, on the right to anonymity;
Chapters 5 to 7, on freedom of expression offences, liability rules and supervision, prosecution and special coercive measures;
Chapter 9, on court proceedings in freedom of expression cases; and
Chapter 10, Article 2, on the right to communicate and procure information for publication in radio programmes emanating from aboad.
Act of Succession (1980)
… by the Grace of God [being King; the phrase appears multiple times]
In accordance with the express provision of Article 2 of the Instrument of Government of 1809 that The King always professes the pure evangelical faith, as adopted and explained in the unaltered Confession of Augsburg and in the Resolution of the Uppsala Meeting of the year 1593, princes and princesses of the Royal House are brought up in that same faith and within the Realm. Any member of the Royal Family not professing this faith are excluded from all rights of succession.
1. The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.
2. The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.
3. Text from country constitutions was copied from primary documents obtained online using a variety of sources, including the Constitute Project, World Constitutions Illustrated, and government sources. When the text was in a language other than English, it was translated to English by ARDA staff or with web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to differentiate religious content from non-religious content. Text is current to the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.