Arab, Iraqi in Sweden





Largest Religion


Introduction / History

The Iraqis are the second biggest minority peoples group living in Sweden after the Swedish Finns. The group has at least doubled since 2002 because of the war in Iraq causing them to leave their country and become refugees.

They live mainly in Stockholm, Malmo and Sodertalje. They speak Iraqi Arabic, Kurdish, Swedish, Neo Aramaic, Mandaic and Turkmen.

Though most have come to Sweden because of the Iraq war of this century, many came to Sweden in the last twenty years of the last century because of the Iran-Iraq war. Many Christians have come to live in Sweden because of persecution in Iraq since 2003. Sweden takes in more than half of the Iraqi asylum seekers wanting to live in Europe.

In 2006, Sweden allowed more protection to Iraqis than all the other EU countries put together. The generosity of Sweden meant many more Iraqis applying to live in Sweden. Because of so many of them coming to live in Sweden they are having to live in poor conditions. Many of the new Iraqi migrants are having to live in very crowded apartments, sometimes with as many as fifteen people.

Maybe because of all the distress, the Iraqi Christians could find the non-Iraqi Christians receptive to the Gospel message.

What are Their Beliefs?

They are mainly Muslims, some Sunni, some Shia. Others follow Syriac Christianity. They have one of the largest Mandaean people groups in the world and they are followers of Mandaeism, a Gnostic religion.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-03-06
People Name General Arab, Iraqi
People Name in Country Arab, Iraqi
Population in Sweden 88,000
World Population 15,949,000
Countries 23
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Arab, Mesopotamian Speakers, Arab-Mesopotamian, Iraqi Arab, Iraqi Arabs, Mesopotamian Spoken, North Iraqi Arab
Affinity Bloc Arab World
People Cluster Arab, Levant
People Name General Arab, Iraqi
Ethnic Code CMT30
People ID 12247
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (88,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken 88,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
General Four Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
96.50 %
0.50 %
Other / Small
2.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source: James Gordon   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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