Swedish Culture

Naming

  • Swedish naming conventions structure names in a similar format to the English-speaking West, with the surname following the given name(s) (e.g. Olivia Alice ERIKSSON).
  • Some Swedes continue the tradition of giving a child a name unique to the family, which is often the name of a relative.
  • People are not necessarily referred to by their first name. Some may be referred to by their middle name.
  • When writing their name on documents, Swedes will underline the name they are usually referred to by. For example, Isak Jonas ANDERSSON.
  • Many Swedish last names end in ‘-SON’ (for example, KARLSSON). This name structure traditionally means “son of -” (e.g. KARLSSON = ‘son of Karl’). However, the tradition of forming surnames in this way ended a long time ago and today most people do not know the relative that their family tree was initially named after.
  • Couples can choose which surname a child is given. However, a newly born child is given the mother’s surname by default if no surname is chosen.
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Sweden
  • Population
    9,960,487
    [July 2017 est.]
  • Languages
    Swedish (official)
    Official Minority Languages:
    Finnish
    Sami
    Romani
    Yiddish
    Meankieli
  • Religions
    Church of Sweden (Lutheran Christianity) (63%)
    Other (includes other branches of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism) (17%)
    [2016 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Swedish (82.4%)
    Finnish (1.5%)
    Syrian (1.5%)
    Iraqi (1.3%)
    Polish (0.8%)
    Irani (0.7%)
    Sami (0.3%)
    Other (11.8%)
    Note: The Swedish Government reports ethnicity by country of birth
  • Cultural Dimensions
    31
    71
    5
    29
    53
    78
  • Australians with Swedish Ancestry
    40,214 [2016 census]
Swedish in Australia
  • Population
    9,553
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Sweden.
  • Average Age
    40
  • Gender
    Male (44.7%)
    Female (55.3%)
  • Religion
    Lutheran Christianity (26.5%)
    Anglican Christianity (5.6%)
    No religion (41.3)
    Not stated (5.5%)
  • Ancestry
    Swedish (83.1%)
    Australian (6.0%)
    Finnish (3.9%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Swedish (52.4%)
    English (41.3%)
    Finnish (0.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 97.6% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (33.6%)
    Queensland (24.1%)
    Victoria (21.0%)
    Western Australia (11.5%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (58.0%)
    2001-2006 (16.9%)
    2007-2011 (21.5%)
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