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African Swedish include naturalized citizens and residents of Sweden who were born in Africa. As of 2016, there are 110,758 people of at least partial African descent, or residents of African countries, in Sweden.
African immigrants have been living in Sweden since the 17th century, but in very few numbers. In 1900, there were 79 Africans in Sweden, of which 5, all South Africans, were citizens. One of the early documented Africans in Sweden was Gustav Badin, (1747 or 1750 to 1822), a black court-servant and diarist, originally a slave, butler of Queen of Sweden, Louisa Ulrika and later Princess Sophia Albertine of Sweden.
In the 1880s, a circus performer named John Hood moved from the US to Sweden. It is unclear if John Hood was of complete African descent or if he was half-European. Hood was the great-great-grandfather of Frederik Reinfeldt, who was prime minister of Sweden from 2006-2014. With either 1/16 or 1/32 African blood, Reinfeldt was the first head of state in any European country to be known to have black ancestry.
The 1970s, 1980s and 1990s saw increasing immigration from Africa, often as a consequence of civil wars. Swedish statistical data show that the African-born population has grown from 596 in 1960 to 4,149 in 1970, to 10,025 in 1980, 27,343 in 1990, 55,138 in 2000 and 103,077 in 2009.
Swedish national statistics collect data on country of birth, citizenship and parents' citizenship, but not on ethnicity or parents' country of birth. According to Statistics Sweden, as of 2016, there are 110,758 citizens of African nations residing in Sweden. Of these immigrants, the largest groups were born in Somalia (63,853), Eritrea (35,142), Ethiopia (17,944), Morocco (9,945), Egypt (6,807), Gambia (5,055), and Nigeria (5,027). Of these individuals, the largest groups were those holding citizenship from Somalia (41,335), Eritrea (32,099), Ethiopia (6,225), Nigeria (3,440), Egypt (3,359), Morocco (3,099), and Gambia (1,971).
Swedish families have been adopting children from Ethiopia since 1969. Between 1969 and 2005, 1,015 Ethiopian children found new parents in Sweden. The interest in adopting children from Africa has been increasing, with increases in the numbers of children adopted from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Madagascar. News anchor Katarina Sandström, TV-comedian Marika Carlsson and restaurateur and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson are three well-known Swedes adopted from Ethiopia. Television sports journalist David Fjäll and is another well-known Swedish person adopted from Africa.
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The following list includes notable people in Sweden with recent ancestry from Africa.
- Alice Bah Kuhnke (Minister of Culture and Democracy)
- Nyamko Sabuni (politician, former serving as Minister for Integration and Gender Equality in the Swedish government)
- Joe Frans (politician, board professional and former member of parliament.)
- Mariam Osman Sherifay (politician, social activist, pre-school teacher and former member of parliament)
Television, film and theatre
- Malik Bendjelloul (Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker)
- Mikael Marcimain (Film director)
- Othman Karim (Film director)
- David Fjäll (Television presenter and sports journalist)
- Katarina Sandström (Television news presenter and journalist)
- Pia Conde (Television news presenter and journalist)
- Ann-Sofie Gälman (Television news presenter and journalist)
- Thabo Motsieloa (Television news presenter)
- Marika Carlsson (TV personality and comedian)
- Kodjo Akolor (TV/radio personality and comedian)
- Peter Gardiner (Actor and ballet dancer)
- Yankho Kamwendo (Actor)
- Haddy Jallow (Actress)
- Josette Bushell-Mingo (Theatre actor and director)
- Ellen Nyman (actress, artist and theatre director)
- Marcus Samuelsson (Restaurateur and TV chef)
- Nina Woodford (Songwriter)
- Pontus Carlsson (Chess player, became the country's 16th grandmaster)
- Blossom Tainton-Lindquist (Publisher, fitness coach and personal trainer)
- Ted Harris (Pastor)
- Buba Badjie (Veterinarian and entrepreneur)
- Johannes Anyuru (Poet and author)
- Cletus Nelson Nwadike (Poet and author)
- Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Author and novelist)
- Elena-Maria Smon Wolays (Night-club concept developer) 
- Madubuko Diakité (Lawyer and academic)
- Daniel Adams-Ray (Fashion designer)
- Ida Ljungqvist (Model)
- Jean-Pierre Barda (Singer, TV-personality and make up artist)
- Sydney Onayemi aka Big Brother Sydney (DJ icon)
- Malou Hansson served as Miss Sweden in 2002, and the first black woman to win the crown.
- Adiam Dymott (Rock vocalist)
- Dr. Alban (Rapper)
- Nadir Khayat aka RedOne (Songwriter & producer for Lady Gaga)
- Kayo Shekoni (Singer, TV-personality and actress)
- Pauline Kamusewu (Singer)
- Gladys del Pilar (Singer and dancer)
- Jean-Louis Huhta (Musician, drummer, producer and DJ)
- Mohombi (Singer)
- Krister Linder (Singer, Musician and soundtrack composer)
- Daniel Lemma (composer and singer)
- Addis Black Widow (Alternative hip hop group)
- Midi, Maxi & Efti (Singers)
- Mugambwa Sseruwagi (singer & actor)
- Neneh Cherry (Singer and rapper)
- Ken Ring
- Camilla Henemark (Singer, actress, political spokesperson and former fashion model)
- Gigi Hamilton (Singer-songwriter, best known as a member of the extremely popular Swedish pop-groups, Freestyle and later Style)
- Lars "Leari" Ljungberg (Musician in the glam rock band The Ark)
- Timbuktu (Rapper)
- Loreen (singer)
- Jaqee (singer)
- Seinabo Sey (singer)
- Sabina Ddumba (singer)
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- Jean-Paul Vonderburg
- Henrik Larsson (football manager, ex-Sweden captain and former player)
- Pascal Simpson
- Henok Goitom
- Jeffrey Aubynn
- Martin Olsson
- Marcus Olsson
- Eddie Gustafsson
- Yussuf Saleh
- Edward Ofere
- Martin Kayongo-Mutumba
- Daniel Nannskog
- Njogu Demba-Nyrén
- Benjamin Kibebe
- Amadou Jawo
- Omar Jawo
- José Monteiro de Macedo
- Kebba Ceesay
- Robin Quaison
- Noah Sonko Sundberg
- Saihou Jagne
- Antouman Jallow
- Marcus Andreasson
- Jones Kusi-Asare
- Patrick Amoah
- Jeffrey Aubynn
- Yosif Ayuba
- Rami Shaaban
- Bobbie Friberg da Cruz
- Johan Friberg da Cruz
- Joe Sise
- Christian Kouakou
- Serge-Junior Martinsson Ngouali
- Joseph Baffo
- Tobias Sana
- Samuel Adjei
- Carlos Strandberg
- Nabil Bahoui
- Modou Barrow
- Isak Ssewankambo
- Isaac Kiese Thelin
- Pa Konate
- Walid Atta
- Alexander Isak
- Mathias Ranégie
- Robin Quaison
- Pa Konate
- Nabil Bahoui
- Ronald Mukiibi
- Ken Sema
- Niclas Eliasson
- Tesfaldet Tekie
- Ronald Mukiibi
- Mohammed Saeid
- Yared Hagos (Ice hockey Player)
- Carl Gustafsson (Ice hockey Player)
- Johnny Oduya (Ice hockey Player)
- Fredrik Oduya (Ice hockey Player)
- Mark Owuya (Ice hockey Player)
- Oliver Kylington (Ice hockey Player)
- Badou Jack (Boxer)
- Kennedy Katende (Boxer)
- George Scott (Boxer)
- Michel Tornéus (Long jumper)
- Angelica Bengtsson (Pole vaulter and youth world record holder)
- Maria Akraka (Former track and field athlete, now TV-personality)
- Irene Ekelund(Sprint)
- Abeba Aregawi (Middle-distance runner)
- Meraf Bahta (middle-distance runner)
- Isabellah Andersson(Long-distance runner)
- Alfred Shemweta (Long-distance runner)
- Mustafa Mohamed (Long-distance runner)
- Rizak Dirshe (Long-distance runner)
- Nil de Oliveira (Short-distance runner)
- Khaddi Sagnia (Track and field athlete)
- Papy Abedi (Mixed martial arts)
- Rudy Mbemba (Basketball)
- Chioma Nnamaka (Basketball)
- Christine Magnusson (Badminton)
- Simon Sjödin (Olympic swimmer)
- Elias Ymer (Tennis player)
- Mikael Ymer (Tennis player)
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