When you hear Sweden, what comes to mind? For many, it may be Swedish fish, or maybe everyone’s favourite, build-your-own, furniture company, IKEA. But hopefully, in this article, you can learn more about Sweden and its needs for the Gospel. On paper and looking at stats, you would think Sweden is a majority “Christian” country, but the truth is, it is not.
It is a country that is filled with spiritual darkness and the need for the Gospel! Maybe you do not know much about Sweden, but hopefully, this article will stir your heart to pray for Sweden and also help you learn more about the country!
Something that is a big deal and a part of the culture in Sweden is called “fika” which means coffee or cake break. This is a huge cultural thing and twice a day Swedes take a fika where they will stop and take a break. Almost all companies and places in Sweden observe this and it is even said if you do not participate you are being rude. Although they may not eat a cake or drink coffee every time, it is a chance for them to stop and take a breather from the day and clear their mind. Maybe the next time you are taking a break from work you could remember to pray for the country of Sweden.
Many people in Sweden would say they are member of the church of Sweden, but only about 2% actually attend. Most would tell you they are irreligious. There is also a growing Muslim population in Sweden that makes up about 5% of the population.
There is spiritual darkness in Sweden and many people are trusting in their wealth and country to take care of them, but without Christ, they will die and spend eternity in hell. Will you join us in praying for Sweden. Let’s pray for God to raise up some labourers who will go to Sweden, plant churches and see Swedes trained to plant churches all across Sweden. Let’s pray that we can see Sweden reached with the gospel in this generation! Will you consider giving your life to go to Sweden and bring the message of salvation to them?
Some facts about Sweden:
Population: 10.3 million people
Capital City: Stockholm (2.4 million people)
- Every year in Sweden there is an entire hotel that is made out of ice!
- Some popular Swedish companies are IKEA, Volvo, Ericsson and Electrolux.
- They are known for their Swedish meatball which are meatballs served with gravy.
- Because of being close to the Arctic Circle, Sweden has long, dark winters with some places only seeing a few days of daylight during the whole winter!
- Sweden is a monarchy.
- Sweden is a beautiful country, over 50% covered by forest!
Join us in praying for Sweden to be reached with the Gospel in this generation!