A. THE COUNTRY
The Kingdom of Sweden, a land of mountains and forests, is the largest
of the Scandinavian countries in Northern Europe. The government is a
stable parliamentary democracy with a limited constitutional monarchy.
The highly developed, mixed economy focuses mainly on export-oriented
industry and information technology. An extensive social welfare system
provides one of the best standards of living in the world.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~9,294,000 and official language Swedish, with five
minority languages. ~94.7% are European, ~5.3% Other (A diverse mix of
nearly 200 immigrant nationalities).
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
The Church of Sweden (Lutheran) is no longer the State Church. The
size, political influence and social impact are large, but on the wane.
A secular, postmodern worldview dominates society. Nearly every group
in the Christian category faces dropping numbers while other religions
~57.2% claim to be Christian, ~38.35% Non-religious, ~3.61% Muslim,
~0.31% Buddhist,~0.22% Other, ~0.17% Jewish, ~1.3% Hindu, ~0.01% Baha’i.
In the Christian category:
Many Swedes have membership in both the former State Church and in other
denominations or fellowships. ~61.93% are Protestant, ~1.39% Catholic,
~1.28% Orthodox, ~0.42% Independent.
Evangelicals represent ~6.9% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~2.2% and of those ~1.5% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.