Pray for: Sweden

Flag for Sweden

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Stockholm
Population: 10,673,669
% Urban: 88.2 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 17.6 %
Official Language: Swedish, with five official minority languages
Languages: 30
Literacy Rate: 99 %
Life Expectancy: 83 yrs (12/236)
HDI Ranking: 7 / 189
% Christian: 57.2 %
% Evangelical: 6.9 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 57.2 %
People Groups: 87
Least Reached People Groups: 21
% Unevangelized: 5 %


Title: Sweden

Tier: 1

Type: country

Sweden faces widespread spiritual decline. Nearly every religious group loses members, and only 23% of people still believe in a personal God. Sweden has a rich Christian history, with many 19th-century revivals, a strong Free Church movement, and a great commitment to missions. But numbers of Christian youth, and of missionaries sent from Sweden, declined drastically in the last 30 years. The Church of Sweden (Lutheran) is no longer the state church. Society places a high value on material comfort, personal pleasure, and individualism. Pray for God to raise up teachers and leaders who know the Bible, who know the culture, and who do not compromise with the majority mindset in society.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.