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Some key dates

About 1000 A.D.: The first baptism of a Swedish king, Olof Skötkonung. His baptism meant a strong support for the growth of Christianity in Sweden, linked to the Catholic Church.
1527: The first decision of the Parliament on transition to Lutheranism.
1593: The Uppsala Convocation, when the decision of the reformation of the Church to become an Evangelical Lutheran Church was adopted.
1741: The first steps were taken towards changing the hegemony of the Lutheran state church. Foreigners (in certain cities) became permitted to belong to another Church or confession.
1860: Swedish citizens were permitted to leave the Lutheran state Church if they declared their intention to join another Christian denomination.
1862: A separate local civil administration was created, separate from the local church administration. Previously, the local church had the responsibility of the administration of their geographical area on behalf of the state.
1951: The parliament adopts an Act on freedom of religion, stating that Swedish citizens are permitted to leave the Lutheran state church without having to declare any reason.
1991: Civil registration was moved from the Church of Sweden to the tax authorities.
2000: Almost full separation between state and Church. There still is, however, a special legal regulation of the Church of Sweden (see the section on Legal status of religions).

D 3 February 2016    APer Pettersson

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