Kurds in Sweden

Kurds in Sweden
Total population
('83,600[1] [0.8% of the Swedish population])
Regions with significant populations
Huddinge, Botkyrka, Västerås, Gothenburg, Örebro, Stockholm, Uppsala, Dalarna, Karlstad, Malmö, Borlänge
Kurdish, Swedish (some knowledge of Turkish, Arabic and Persian)
Majority Islam
Related ethnic groups
Iranian people

Kurds in Sweden may refer to people born in or residing in the Sweden of Kurdish origin.

Most Kurdish people in Sweden live in the capital Stockholm or in Uppsala.[1] A majority of Kurdish political refugees choose Sweden as their host country and therefore they have a cultural presence in Sweden.[2] As of 2016, 5 MPs in the Swedish parliament is of Kurdish descent.

Chronological Kurdish arrivals to Sweden

Integration issues

The 26-year-old Kurdish woman Fadime Şahindal was murders by her father in an honour killing in 2002.[6][7] [8] Kurdish organizations were criticized by prime minister Göran Persson for not doing enough to prevent honour killings.[9] Pela Atroshi was a Kurdish girl who was shot by her uncle in a brutal honour killing.[10] The murder of Pela and Fadime gave rise to the formation of the human rights organization GAPF - Never Forget Pela and Fadime. GAPF (the acronym stands for Never Forget Pela and Fadime) is a politically and religiously independent and secular nonprofit organization working against honor-related violence and oppression. The organization's name is taken from Pela Atroshi and Fadime Sahindal which is Sweden's best-known and high-profile cases of honor killings.[11][12] The honor killing of Sara, an Iraqi Kurdish girl, was the first publicized honor killing in Sweden.[13][14][15] These three prominent cases of Sara, Pela and Fadime, brought the notion of honour killings into Swedish discourse.[16]

Notable Kurds in Sweden


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