Indian immigrants in Sweden

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Indians in Sweden
Total population
40,116 (2018)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Stockholm · Lund · Malmö · Göteborg · Karlskrona · Västerås
Languages of India · Swedish · English
Hinduism · Sikhism · Christianity (Catholicism · Lutheranism· Jainism · Islam (Sunni· Religions of India
Related ethnic groups
People of Indian Origin

Indians in Sweden are citizens and residents of Sweden who are of Indian descent.


During the period of 2001 to 2010, a total of 7,870 Indian students came for higher studies in Sweden taking advantage of the high quality tuition-free education system.[2] According to Statistics Sweden, as of 2016, there are a total 25,719 India-born immigrants living in Sweden.[3] Most of these people of Indian origin are Punjabis, Bengalis, and South Indians. Some Indians sought and obtained political asylum after 1984. Some Indians have come to Sweden from Uganda in the 1970s [4]

According to Statistics Sweden, India is among the most common countries of birth for international adoptions in Sweden. As of 2016, there are 1,017 India-born children and young adults aged 0-21 who are adopted in Sweden.[5]

According to the Institute of Labor Economics, as of 2014, India-born immigrants residing in Sweden have a labor force participation rate of approximately 54%. Their employment population ratio is about 49%. They also have an unemployment rate of around 6%.[6]

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  2. ^ Velkova, Julia (4 November 2011). "Large number of South Asian students at Swedish universities 2001–2010". Lund University. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Foreign-born persons by country of birth, age, sex and year". Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Other European countries". Report of the High Level Committee on the Indian Diaspora (PDF). 19 December 2001. pp. 133–156. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Adopted children and young persons, number by sex, age, country of birth and year". Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Mapping Diasporas in the European Union and the United States - Comparative analysis and recommendations for engagement" (PDF). Institute of Labor Economics. Retrieved 20 October 2017. - cf. Appendix 4: Diaspora characteristics - labour force indicators by sending countries

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