Religion: women become the majority in the Swedish Church

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In 1990, a report estimated that it would take another century for women to achieve parity in the Church of Sweden.

The goal has finally been reached… 70 years ahead.

© AP / David Keyton

By: Frédéric Faux

4 min

In 2020, with 1,533 women versus 1,527 men, the Svenska Kyrkan, the Lutheran Church of Sweden, became the first large church in the world to have a predominantly female clergy. 


Sweden is a country at the forefront of gender equality.

But the Lutheran Church of Sweden, which was a State Church until 2000, was not the first heir to the Reformation to give responsibilities to women.

Germany and Switzerland were among the first countries to have female pastors.

In Sweden, it was not until 1960.


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