Swedish Jew in Sweden

The Jew, Swedish-speaking have only been reported in Sweden
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Jews have been living in Sweden since the 16th century. It was not until the late 18th century when the Swedish government allowed Jews to be in the country legally without converting to Christianity. For many years, Jews could live in only three Swedish cities and work in certain professions. The Swedish government did not lift all the laws against Jews until after WWII. Since Sweden was a neutral country in WWII, they did not subject Jews to arrest and deportation to the death camps. Danish citizens risked their lives in helping Jews leave Denmark and reach neutral Sweden.


The Jews now living in Sweden are descendants of refugees and Holocaust survivors. The Jewish population of Sweden is declining about 5% a year. Swedish Jews are moving to Israel, the USA, the UK, Australia, and Canada. Jewish leaders in the third largest city in Sweden, Malmo, tell Jews to leave the city because of the increasing violence against Jews by Muslims and far right extremists.


A tiny group of Jews in Sweden are Messianic. Most of Sweden’s Jewish population live in Stockholm. There are smaller groups of them in Malmö, Goteborg, Boras, Helsingborg, Lund, and Uppsala.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Only a small elderly portion of the Swedish Jews can speak Yiddish. The large majority of Jews speak Swedish at home and are fluent in English. Many Jews do not want to stand out from the regular Swedes for fear of attacks.


Jewish parents encourage their children to get college degrees and enter the professions. Jews work in universities, medicine, science, finance, law, and journalism. Many own businesses and retail stores. About one third of the Swedish Jews attend synagogue regularly. Most Jews celebrate the Jewish holidays and appreciate their unique culture and heritage.


What Are Their Beliefs?

For religious Jews, God is the Supreme Being, the Creator of the universe, and the ultimate Judge of human affairs. God revealed himself to Moses in the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. Beyond this, the religious beliefs of the Jewish communities vary. Swedish Jews are diverse. Each Jewish denomination maintains synagogues and celebrates the traditional Jewish holiday calendar.


While most European Jews are religiously affiliated, there is a significant minority which is not religious. Many Jewish people today keep cultural Judaism, but they have rejected the spiritual elements taught in the Old Testament. They might take part in cultural events and even religious ceremonies, but they are secular or New Age in their spiritual lives.


What Are Their Needs?

Jews in Sweden need to hear the message about their Messiah, Yeshua. They must come to understand that Jesus alone can forgive their sins and give meaning and hope. Swedish Christ followers can share the love of Christ with Jewish friends.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Jew, Swedish in Sweden.

Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to the mission agencies that are focusing on the Jews in Europe.


Pray that the Jewish people will understand that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.


Pray that God will grant the small group of Messianic believers favor as they share their faith with Swedish Jews.


Pray that there will be strong local fellowships within each Jewish community in Sweden.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-04-07
People Name General Jew, Swedish-speaking
People Name in Country Jew, Swedish
Natural Name Swedish Jew
Pronunciation joo
Population this Country 15,000
Population all Countries 15,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 19246
ROP3 Code 115656
Country Sweden
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread. Göta dialect: south, including parts of Småland, Värmland, Västergötland, parts of Östergötland, Bohuslän and Dalsland; Svea dialect: central, including Västmanland, Södermanland, Gästrikland, Dalarna, south Hälsingland, parts of Östergötland and Uppland; Southern Swedish: Skåne, Blekinge, south Småland, south Halland; Northern Swedish: north Hälsingland and north; Jamska: mainly Jämtland; Eastern Swedish: Finland, Estonia, and Gammalsvenskby, Ukraine; Gutniska: Isle of Gotland and Fårö; Elfdalian dialect: northern Dalarna, southeastern Älvdalen municipality.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Sweden
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread. Göta dialect: south, including parts of Småland, Värmland, Västergötland, parts of Östergötland, Bohuslän and Dalsland; Svea dialect: central, including Västmanland, Södermanland, Gästrikland, Dalarna, south Hälsingland, parts of Östergötland and Uppland; Southern Swedish: Skåne, Blekinge, south Småland, south Halland; Northern Swedish: north Hälsingland and north; Jamska: mainly Jämtland; Eastern Swedish: Finland, Estonia, and Gammalsvenskby, Ukraine; Gutniska: Isle of Gotland and Fårö; Elfdalian dialect: northern Dalarna, southeastern Älvdalen municipality..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Swedish
Language Code swe   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Yiddish, Eastern
Primary Language Swedish
Language Code swe   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Yiddish, Eastern
People Groups Speaking Swedish

Primary Language:  Swedish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1523-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1526-1996)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1541-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Swedish
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Swedish
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Swedish
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Swedish
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
80.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
19.70 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source Wikimedia Images - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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