Assyrians/Syriacs in Sweden

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Assyrian/Syriacs in Sweden
Total population
120,000 [1]
Regions with significant populations
Södertälje, Stockholm, Göteborg, Örebro, Västerås, Norrköping, Linköping
Neo-Aramaic, Turkish
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.[2]

There is an ideological division of this group in Sweden between[3]

To account for this division, official Swedish sources refer to the group as "Assyrier/Syrianer", with a slash (similar to the US census, which opted for "Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac").

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[edit]