Assyrians/Syriacs in Sweden
|Regions with significant populations|
|Södertälje, Stockholm, Göteborg, Örebro, Västerås, Norrköping, Linköping|
|Majority Syriac Christianity; minority Agnosticism and Atheism|
Assyrian/Syriacs in Sweden mainly came from Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, and, more recently, Iraq. Those who had already lived in Sweden for a longer period were finally granted residence permit for humanitarian reasons.
There is an ideological division of this group in Sweden between
- Aramaenists, adherents of the Syriac Orthodox Church (West Syrian Rite) who insist on the name Syrianer and an "Aramaean" heritage for the group.
- Assyrianists of various denominational backgrounds, who de-emphasize religious adherence in favour of pre-Christian antiquity, who insist on the name Assyrier and an Assyrian heritage for the group.
Södertälje, a municipality in Sweden, is often seen as the unofficial Assyrian/Syriac capital of Europe due to the city's high percentage of Assyrians/Syriacs. Sweden has also granted many rights for Assyrian/Syriacs including their own professional football (soccer) teams (Assyriska Föreningen, Syrianska Botkyrka IF, Syrianska FC and Valsta Syrianska IK), and international TV-channels (Suryoyo Sat and Suroyo TV).
Notable Swedish Assyrians/Syriacs
- Kennedy Bakircioglü
- Abgar Barsom
- Stefan Batan
- Ibrahim Baylan
- Nisha Besara
- Daniel Boyacioglu
- Fares Fares
- Josef Fares
- Andreas Haddad
- Yilmaz Kerimo
- Nuri Kino
- Josef Özer
- Gabriel Özkan
- Ninsun Poli
- Suleyman Sleyman
- Sharbel Touma
- Stephan Yüceyatak
- Aboud Zazi
- Elias Zazi
- Swedish Minister for Development Co-operation, Migration and Asylum Policy, Migration 2002, June 2002
- Dan Lundberg, Christians from the Middle East[year needed][page needed]