Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe.
It is bordered by Norway in the west and Finland, in the east.
In the south it is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund.
The population is 9.5 million.
Stockholm is the capital and largest city.
Sweden is the largest Scandinavian country and the fifth largest in Europe.
The country is a constitutional monarchy.
Sweden has not been at war since 1814.
Sweden is one of the world leaders in gender equality.
Sweden is known for the safest food in the world and boasts the lowest rate
of traffic deaths.
Sweden is described as “Folkhemmet”, meaning the “People’s home.”
Carl Linnaeus 1707-January 1778)
Botanist, physician, and zoologist
Known as the father of modern taxonomy
Considered one of the fathers of modern ecology.
Alfred Nobel (1833-1896)
Chemist, Inventor of dynamte
Posthumously instituted the Nobel Prizes.
Jens Ingemar Johansson ( 1932 – 2009)
Swedish boxer and former heavyweight champion of the world.
Robin Bo Carl Söderling ( b 1984)
Professional tennis player.
Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren (1907-2002)
Author of 'Pippi Longstocking'
80% Indigenous Swedes
5% Ethnic Finns (50,000)
2% Ethnic Sami (20,000)
57 % Protestant
Sweden was first inhabited thousands of years ago by hunter-gatherer-fishers.
For centuries the Swedes have been skilled seamen and explorers.
During the Viking Age (8th- 11th centuries) Swedish Vikings travelled
east and south, to Finland, the Baltic countries, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine,
the Black Sea and as far as Baghdad.
Sweden became a unified country during the Middle Ages.
Due to internal power struggles and competition among the Nordic kingdoms,
Sweden was poor and economically backward for a long time.
Sweden eventually expanded its territories and formed the Swedish Empire (1560-1815).
At its height, Sweden ruled most of Scandinavia, Estonia, Lativa, parts of Germany
and territories in Africa and the Caribbean.
Most of the conquered territories were lost during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Finland, was lost to Russia in 1809.
The last war in which Sweden was involved was in 1814, when it forced Norway
into a personal union.
Norway became independent in 1905.
Since then Sweden has remained neutral in both politics and in wartime.
Sweden has been a member of the European Union since 1995.
Sweden is a land of mountains and forests.
Only 10% of the land is cultivated.
The country is sparsely populated.
The population is mostly concentrated in the south.
About 85% of the population lives in urban areas.
50,000 Sámi, a people indigenous to Northern Europe, live in Sweden.
Many of them are semi-nomadic shepherds or reindeer herders.
Sweden is an export-oriented mixed economy and very high tech.
Sweden’s economy is one of the strongest in Europe.
Sweden has been called the second most competitive country in the world,
The people enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world.
Taxes are very high.
Sweden is home to the largest number of refugees in the world.
The Lutheran Church of Sweden was the state church from the Reformation
Although the Lutheran Church is no longer the State Church, it still
has large political and social influence.
There are a number of evangelical congregations and pastors.
The 20th Century has brought rapid secularization.
Many forms of liberal theology are vigorously promoted.
Liberal theology and practice dominate the national churches.
Many theologians reject the divine authority of Scripture.
Politicians (often without any clear faith in Jesus) are frequently
chosen to sit on parish councils.
While most Swedes are Lutheran, active faith is decreasing.
Only 5-7% attend church at least once a month.
Most people own a Bible but few people actually read it.
Over half the population has no real knowledge of the Christian faith.
Many young people have had no meaningful exposure to the Gospel.
38% of the population are agnostic/atheist.
Sweden is one of the most permissive societies in Europe.
Same-sex marriage is endorsed.
Materialism, hedonism and individualism is high.
Christians have been facing increasing opposition in acknowledging God.
Despite Sweden’s wealth many remote churches, in the Lapland area don't
have the money to buy evangelistic and Sunday school materials.
A lot of Biblical material is still un-translated into the Sami languages.
A number of the Sami seek to return to the traditional Pagan values of their ancestors.
Due to the influx of refugees Islam is increasing.
Many of the refugees who have come to Sweden are unreached.
Pray for God to shake and refine the Church in Sweden.
Pray that the Gospel spread.
Pray that young people be exposed to the Gospel.
Pray for a witness to immigrants who have not heard the Gospel.
Pray for the Lord to call more workers to the Swedish Lapland area.
Pray for more biblical material to be translated into the Sámi languages.
Pray for new projects to encourage churches in the region to reach out to the Sámi.