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Swedish public authorities’ official use of religion
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Service Research Center.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4067-4603
2012 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Church and state formally separated in Sweden 1st January 2000. However, their relationships are complex and ambiguous, illustrated by the presence of the Church of Sweden and its involvement in activities within several public institutions, and public authorities’ official use of religion in certain contexts. State institutions are officially religiously neutral, although in praxis many have special links and organized cooperation with the former state church. The aim of this paper is to scrutinize Swedish public authorities’ official use of religion in a selection of contexts at national level; at the yearly opening of parliament, at official celebrations or commemorations, existence of religious rhetoric in official speeches by the prime minister and the king, presence of public authorities’ representatives in religious rituals and ceremonies. The study focuses these contexts in three selected years 1988, 1998, 2008, in order to analyse possible change over time.  

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Keyword [en]
Religion, state, public authorities
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34880OAI: diva2:778207
The 2012 SSSR Annual Meeting, November 9-11, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
The role of religion in the public sphere. A comparative study of the five Nordic countriesThe Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-03-05Bibliographically approved

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