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In the latter part of the 1970s, about 12,000 Assyrians/Syriacs from Lebanon, Turkey and Syria immigrated to Sweden. They considered themselves persecuted for religious reasons, but were never acknowledged as refugees. Those who had already lived in Sweden for a longer period were finally granted residence permit for humanitarian reasons.[1] About 90,000 to 120,000 Assyrian/Syriacs live in Sweden today, and are settled in central and southern Sweden. Most of Assyrian/Syriacs belong to the Syriac Orthodox Church, and there is around 40 Syriac churches in Sweden, whereas 5 churches in Södertälje.

There is an ideological division of this group in Sweden between[2]

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. Some Swedish professional football (soccer) teams are Assyriska Föreningen, Syrianska Botkyrka IF, Syrianska FC and Valsta Syrianska IK. The international TV-channels Suryoyo Sat and Suroyo TV are also based in Södertälje. More than 22,000 Syriacs live in Södertälje and over 40,000 in Stockholm County. Other cities with notable Assyrian/Syriac residents are Västerås, Göteborg, Norrköping, Linköping and Örebro.

Between 2005 and 2006, Assyrian/Syriac Ibrahim Baylan served in the Swedish government as Minister of Education.[3]


Famous Swedish Assyrians/Syriacs







  • Elizabeth Fritz
  • Rakel Chukri



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