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Recognition of religion or belief in Sweden

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Kingdom of Sweden are classified apathetic.

Recognition of religion or belief in Sweden


  • Recognition and registration look to be amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on legal registration with few to no means of existential recognition; religious groups can only gain a semblance of recognition through tax-exempt status as is customary for many Western democracies.

  • It remains unclear whether there continues to exist state privilege or a degree of such for the Church of of Sweden despite its disestablishment in 2000.

Positive elements:

  • State authorities documenting hate crimes or human rights abuses in the country shows dynamic character despite the fact that a major portion of such hate crimes remain unreported which in turn debilitates the state to take action.


  • Revoke longevity and membership quotas.

  • To be classified as receptive, establish a recognition system that can set out provisions for both existential recognition and legal registration, provisions which should be extended to all belief systems and also be provided at multiple levels of activity.

  • Establish a recognition agency to manage the recognition system autonomously from government interference.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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