Racism in Sweden

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Racism and xenophobia have been reported and investigated in Sweden.[1] According to the European Network Against Racism, skin color, ethnic/religious background have significant impact on an individual's opportunities in the labor market, affecting mainly Roma, Blacks, Muslims and Jews.[2] Some ethnic minorities, especially Jews, are also at larger risk to face threats and violence.[3]


Further information: Islamophobia

The report Racism and Xenophobia in Sweden by the Board of Integration state that Muslims are exposed to the most religious harassment in Sweden. Almost 40% of the interviewed said they had witnessed verbal abuse directed at Muslims.[4]


Main article: Nazism in Sweden

Sweden is home to several white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations, including:

Former organizations include:


After Germany and Austria, Sweden has the highest rate of antisemitic incidents in Europe, though the Netherlands reports a higher rate of antisemitism in some years.[5] A government study in 2006 estimated that 15% of Swedes agree with the statement: "The Jews have too much influence in the world today".[6] 5% of the total adult population and 39% of adult Muslims "harbour systematic antisemitic views".[6] The former prime minister Göran Persson described these results as "surprising and terrifying". However, the rabbi of Stockholm's Orthodox Jewish community, Meir Horden, said that "It's not true to say that the Swedes are anti-Semitic. Some of them are hostile to Israel because of the military occupation and oppression of Palestinian territories."[7]


  1. ^ Lappalainen, Paul (2007-05-08). "Institutional racism in Sweden and Europe". Rijo research. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  2. ^ "… skin colour plays a decisive role in an individual’s opportunities in the labour market.""Responding to racism in Sweden". European Network against Racism. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  3. ^ For Jews, Swedish City Is a ‘Place To Move Away From’ by Donald Snyder, The Forward, Published July 07, 2010, issue of July 16, 2010.).
  4. ^ "Muslims are exposed to the most racial harassment in Sweden, according to a new report from the Board of Integration" "Muslims face most racism in Sweden". The Local:Sweden's news in English. 2005-10-25. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  5. ^ The 2005 U.S. State Department Report on Global Antisemitism.
  6. ^ a b Henrik Bachner and Jonas Ring. Antisemitic images and attitudes in Sweden. levandehistoria.se
  7. ^ Anti-Semitism, in Sweden? Depends who you're asking, Haaretz, 9 November 2007.

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