Ethnic Macedonians in Sweden

Macedonians in Sweden
Македонци во Шведска
Makedoner i Sverige
Dime Jankulovski • Sibel Redzep
Total population
Regions with significant populations

Malmö, Göteborg, Eslöv,

Helsingborg, Trelleborg, Växjö

Primarily Macedonian

and Swedish
Macedonian Orthodox
Related ethnic groups

According to the official census of 2006, there are 3,669 ethnic Macedonians in Sweden.[4] The Swedish immigrant center reports that there are 6,000 Macedonians in Sweden,[5] but Macedonian Associations and Macedonian foreign ministry claim their number is over 15,000.[1][2]


Macedonians began to immigrate to Sweden after World War II . Many of these were originally Aegean Macedonians who were later joined by Macedonians from Yugoslavia. The Macedonian population settled heavily in the south-western region of Sweden. Many immigrants settled in towns like Stockholm, Malmö, Göteborg, Eslöv, Helsingborg, Trelleborg, Örebro and Växjö. The Swedish Government officially recognises the Macedonian minority present in Sweden.[5]

Organisation and Culture

Macedonians in Sweden are well organised through many associations and they are recognised as an Macedonian minority through law.[4] Throughout Sweden there are over 20 registered Macedonian associations, among the largest are:[6]

  • Makedoniska Riksförbundet i Sverige / Macedonian Union, Göteborg
  • Makedoniska kulturföreningen Goce Delcev / Kud Goce Delchev, Göteborg
  • Kulturföreningen Makedonija / Kud Makedonija, Malmö

The Macedonian associations are partly financed by Swedish government. There are also special provisions established by the Swedish government for education in Macedonian.[4] Each year the various organisations hold the Zimski Festival (English: Winter Festival). The Associations also organise beauty contests, poetry nights and discos. The organizations have also had involvement with Macedonians in Denmark. They also run Saturday schools and humanitarian activities. There are three women's groups in operation in Sweden;


The Macedonians in Sweden are predominantly of the Orthodox faith. On 14. January 1973 they established the first Macedonian Orthodox Church municipality (MPCO) in Europe dedicated to Naum of Ohrid. There are currently two Macedonian Orthodox Churches in Sweden, Makedoniska ortodoxa kyrkan Sveti Naum Ohridski in Malmö which have 4000 believers,[7][8] and Makedoniska Ortodoxa Kyrkliga Församlingen in Göteborg.[9] Both of them are part of Macedonian Orthodox Church, led by metropolitan of European Diocese.


Macedonian community have their own football club, named IF Vardar from Göteborg, which is playing in Swedish league "Division 5A".[10]


Many forms of Media have been established by the Macedonians in Sweden. They have their own newspaper, called "Makedonski Vesnik" which was first published in 1978, by "Makedoniska Riksförbundet i Sverige" the Macedonian community in Sweden.[11] The Newspaper informs Macedonians in Sweden about topics related to them in Sweden and in the Macedonia.[12] They have also founded their own radio station in Göteborg, it is called Makedonski Glas radio (Swedish: Makedonisk Röst), which broadcasts in the Macedonian language.[13]

Notable Macedonians from Sweden


External links

  • Makedonski Sojuz
  • Macedonians in Sweden
  • Swedish Macedonian Union
  • KUD Goce Dechev
  • KUD Dame Gruev
  • Immigrants of Macedonia
  • Andra Generation
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