Introduction / History Sweden is deeply rooted in the matters kept closest at heart such as family, religion and traditional holiday celebrations to unite the people. Sweden has one major language, Swedish. Some minorities speak Finnish, Lappish, Norwegian, Arabic and Danish. Most Swedes can also speak English. However, Swedish still remains the official language. As in many countries there are different dialects. The southern Swedish dialect is related to Danish and can be hard even for other Swedes to understand.
Sweden is a constitutional monarchy. Currently it is Carl XVI Gustaf. Sweden is part of the European Union and its borders are open for immigrants from other countries as well. Their currency is the Swedish Krona. They are not yet part of the Euro currency. Sweden is considered a neutral country.
Swedish people are hard workers living under a socialist government with programs such as long vacations and an extensive welfare system with the goal of not leaving anyone without food or shelter.
Many adults are employed in industrial occupations and office work in the public sector. People in rural areas of Sweden still farm as a major means of employment. The majority of Swedes, nearly one-quarter, are employed in the service industry.
The main religion is Lutheran, and most children are baptized as infants.
What are their lives like? Reserved to strangers, Swedes tend to be a challenge for evangelism at times. Much depression is a problem for many. The younger generations are more and more influenced by western globalized culture.
What are their beliefs? Most are Atheist or agnostic. Materialistic worldview predominates.
Prayer Points Pray they will move beyone a mindset of self-sufficiency that is trusting in self instead of God.
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)