Arabs in Sweden

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Swedish Arabs
السويديون العرب
Total population
543 350
(People from Arab league nations according to the Statistics Sweden)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Stockholm, Södertälje, Malmö
Related ethnic groups
Arab diaspora

Swedish Arabs are citizens and residents of Sweden who emigrated from nations in the Arab world. They represent 5.3% of the total population of the country.[2]

Uppsala Mosque in Uppland, Uppsala. It was founded in 1995.

Migration history[edit]

Many of the Arabs in Sweden are migrants from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Mauritania, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestinian territories.

In September 2013, Swedish migration authorities ruled that all Syrian asylum seekers will be granted permanent residency in light of the worsening conflict in Syria. Sweden is the first EU-country to make this offer.[3] The decision means that the roughly 8,000 Syrians who have temporary residency in Sweden will now be able to stay in the country permanently. They will also have the right to bring their families to Sweden. While Malek Laesker, vice-chair of the Syrian Arabian Cultural Association of Sweden, welcomed the decision, he also warned it could create problems. "The fact that Sweden is the first country to open its arms is both positive and negative," he told the TT news agency, explaining that it may be a boon for the growing people-smuggling market.[3]

Notable people[edit]

Film, television and acting
Musicians and singers

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Retrieved 19 September 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Population statistics". Statistiska Centralbyrån. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  3. ^ a b "Sweden offers residency to all Syrian refugees". The Local. 3 September 2013. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.

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