Church and State in Sweden: A Contemporary Report

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In this article the present day relationship between church and state in Sweden is discussed. It is here argued that the year 2000 did not mean disestablishment; though formally not a state governed church, the Church of Sweden is still intimately tied to the state in several areas. Even though the Church of Sweden is formally resolved from state control, the Church of Sweden Act still provides the legal framework within which the church operates. The state also supports the Church of Sweden (together with other recognized religious organizations) by levying the church membership fee. Other areas that presuppose a continued link include that of church's responsibility for burial grounds and proprietor of a large part of the nation's cultural heritage. Yet, the public position of organized religion is contested. Religious organizations are increasingly given a place within the field of social welfare.


Externa organisationer
  • Svenska kyrkan, Växjö stift

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Religionsvetenskap


  • Church and state, Sweden
Sidor (från-till)311-319
TidskriftKirchliche Zeitgeschichte
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2012
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa