Turks in Sweden
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Turks in Sweden or Swedish Turks (Swedish: Turkar i Sverige; Turkish: İsveç Türkleri) are people of Turkish ethnicity living in Sweden, mostly of Macedonian Turkish and Bulgarian Turkish descent and ancestry from the Balkan states of North Macedonia and Bulgaria while another large remainder of the (Turkish) ethnic minority has immigrant ancestral roots in Turkey proper. According to the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, there are 100,000 people in Sweden with a Turkish background, and a further 10,000 Swedish-Turks live in Turkey. Many Turks in Sweden have double citizenship and 37,000 are registered voters in Turkey.
Turkish interpreters in Sweden have encouraged asylum seekers from Turkey to become informants on behalf of Turkish authorities. Interpreters have also threatened to send information on regime critics to Turkish authorities.
Mosques controlled by Diyanet
According to Dagens Nyheter in 2017, nine mosques in Sweden have imams sent and paid for by the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet). Along with their religious duties, the imams are also tasked with reporting on critics of theTurkish government. According to Dagens Nyheter, propaganda for president Erdogan is openly presented in the mosques.
- Muslimska församlingen i Malmö (translation: Muslim congregation in Malmö) is a turkish congregation connected to the Turkish directorate of Religious Affairs, Diyanet. According to its own records, it has 2200 members. The imam was trained and sent by Diyanet. According to the Swedish Agency for Support to Faith Communities, the mosque has good relations to the Malmö Millî Görüş chapter. In 2011, after decades of collecting donations from its members, it bought a property to use as a mosque for 8 million SEK. In 2017, the congregation donated its property to Svenska Islam stiftelsen (Turkish: Isveç Diyanet Vakfı) which is part of Diyanet.
- Fittja Mosque
Famous Turkish Swedes
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- Muamet Asanovski (Muhammed Hasanoğlu), footballer
- İlhan Erşahin
- Erol Bekir, footballer and sports coach
- Serkan İnan
- Erdin Demir, footballer
- Mehmet Kaplan, politician
- Vendela Kirsebom, model
- Emin Nouri, footballer
- Yksel Osmanovski (Yüksel Osmanoğlu), footballer
- Sermin Özürküt
- Sibel Redzep (Sibel Recep), popular Swedish singer
- Erkan Zengin, footballer
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