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State and Religion in Sweden: Ambiguity Between Disestablishment and Religious Control.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. (The Impact of Religion)
2011 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, Vol. 24, no 2, 119-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Oslo: Tapir Akademisk Forlag, 2011. Vol. 24, no 2, 119-135 p.
Keyword [en]
Religion, church, state, secular, law, faith community, Sweden
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166807OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166807DiVA: diva2:477933
The Impact of Religion
Available from: 2012-01-14 Created: 2012-01-14 Last updated: 2012-07-06Bibliographically approved

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