State and Religion in Sweden: Ambiguity Between Disestablishment and Religious Control.
2011 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, Vol. 24, no 2, 119-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Since the 1850s Sweden has been moving from almost total unity between state and Church towards a religiously neutral and secular state. A major step was taken on 1 January 2000, when new legislation entailing a fundamental change in the relationship between religious groups and the state was introduced. It aimed to place the various faith communities in Sweden on an equal basis, while simultaneously maintaining continuity with respect to the Church of Sweden as the national majority church. These two ambiguous objectives show an inherent tension within the Church-state reform and indicate that the separation between the two is not complete. This article questions the limits of the Church-state reform. Can the present day Swedish state be regarded as secular and neutral in relation to the various religions? The analysis of legal and financial regulations controlling relations between the state and the different faith communities show that the separation between Church and state does not mean a total separation. Consequently the state is still not religiously neutral, but continues to control religion in different ways and retains a special close relationship with the former state church.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Tapir Akademisk Forlag, 2011. Vol. 24, no 2, 119-135 p.
Religion, church, state, secular, law, faith community, Sweden
Research subject Sociology of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166807OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166807DiVA: diva2:477933
ProjectsThe Impact of Religion