Stockholm - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

No issues with gender equality. There are plenty of prejudices against racial/ethnic minorities, but these prejudices manifest themselves in rather understated ways in comparison to the United States. - Dec 2020

Stockholm is a pretty homogenous and white city. That said, I've never felt racial tension here. There are pockets of immigrant communities that are not well integrated and, like elsewhere in Europe, the right wing conservative parties that are anti-immigrant have gained ground in recent years, but overall prejudices are relatively low. Gender equality is big throughout Sweden. - Sep 2020

Sweden accepted a large number of refugees in recent years and there seems to be a bit of a backlash (undercurrent of racism) to that decision. - May 2020

Sweden is really progressive when it comes to gender equality. Less so for ethnic differences. The recent surge of migration across its borders has strained the country in numerous ways. That said, Swedes aren't really religious themselves, and I think it's difficult for them to understand any kind of religious devotion, much less those that don't reflect their tolerance for women, LGBT, etc. - Jan 2017

None on the surface. You could probably write a treatise about the underlying racial and religious prejudices, especially considering the recent waves of immigrants from Iraq, Eritrea, and Syria. - May 2015

Probably one of the better places in the world all around in this respect. The Swedes take gender equality very seriously here. There have been some tensions with the ever increasing flow of immigrants, particularly those from nations in conflict (Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc.). There were even riots in the Stockholm suburbs in summer 2013 where they were trashing the neighborhoods and burning vehicles (like in France), which came as a real shock to the Swedes. But as an expat, I would expect little if any trouble here. - Aug 2014

Some. - Oct 2008

Swedes don't go to church and shun organized religion. They think evangalists are nutters. This is an extremely egalitarian society in reference to gender. Men and women are seen as equal in all things: work, home, and children related. - Aug 2008

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