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Church-state separation Swedish-style

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A more than 40-year-long process came to an end when relations between the Church of Sweden and the state were formally changed in the year 2000. Social Democrats and Liberals had taken the initiative in the 1950s. Several proposals for disestablishment were put forward in the 1970s, but none of them achieve political consensus. In addition, the representatives for all the political parties on the elected parochial church councils opposed every change, whereas the clergy often took a more positive view. Only in the 1990s did the political and the ecclesiastical systems finally agree a settlement that gave the Church of Sweden a greater degree of liberty. Even so, a Law for the Church of Sweden still defines the framework for the structures and work of the church.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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