Assyrians/Syriacs in Sweden
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Assyrians/Syriacs in Sweden are people of residing in Sweden. Initially, most came from Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. During the 2000s, an unprecedented immigration wave from Iraq reached Sweden as a result of the Iraq War (see Iraqis in Sweden).
About 60% of the 120 000 Assyrians/Syriacs in Sweden belong to the Syriac Orthodox Church and the others belong to the Chaldean Catholic Church, the Assyrian Church of the East, the Syrian Catholic Church and the Ancient Church of the East. Of the 50 000 Assyrians/Syriacs living in Stockholm County, 30 000 live in the city of Södertälje and 8 000 in Botkyrka Municipality. Other cities with high concentrations of Assyrians/Syriacs are Jönköping, Norrköping, Gothenburg, Eskilstuna, Linköping, Örebro, Västerås, Märsta and Skövde. There are around 40 Syriac churches in Sweden, including six churches in Södertälje.
Assyrians/Syriacs are regarded as the most successful immigrant group in Sweden. It is about three times more common for Assyrians/Syriacs to start a company than others in Sweden. Some famous Swedish professional football (soccer) teams are Assyriska Föreningen, Syrianska FC, Syrianska Botkyrka IF, Syrianska IF Kerburan and Valsta Syrianska IK. The international TV-channels Suryoyo Sat and Suroyo TV are also based in Södertälje. There are currently five Assyrians/Syriacs that are representatives in the Parliament of Sweden. Ibrahim Baylan currently Sweden Parliament Representative, was Sweden Minister of Education 2004-2006 and the first ever minister of Sweden originating from a non-European country.
There is an ideological division of this group in Sweden between
- Aramaenists, adherents of the Syrian Orthodox Church (West Syrian Rite) who insist on the name Araméer/Syrianer and an "Aramaean" heritage for the group.
- Assyrianists of various denominational backgrounds including the who de-emphasize religious adherence in favour of pre-Christian antiquity, who insist on the name Assyrier and an Assyrian heritage for the group.
- Kennedy Bakircioglü
- Abgar Barsom
- Stefan Batan
- Ibrahim Baylan
- Fares Fares
- Josef Fares
- Andreas Haddad
- Yilmaz Kerimo
- Nuri Kino
- Josef Özer
- Gabriel Özkan
- Ninsun Poli
- Suleyman Sleyman
- Sharbel Touma
- Elias Zazi
- Dan Lundberg, Christians from the Middle East[year needed][page needed]