Anders Wejryd

Anders Harald Wejryd (born 8 August 1948) is a Swedish Lutheran clergyman. Having been Bishop of Växjö since 1995, he was elected Archbishop of Uppsala and primate of the Church of Sweden in March 2006 and took office in September of the same year. He left office in 2014, and was replaced with Antje Jackelén.[2]

The Most Reverend

Anders Wejryd
Archbishop Emeritus of Uppsala
Primate Emeritus of Sweden
Anders Wejryd at the Göteborg Book Fair 2011
Wejryd at the Göteborg Book Fair in 2011
ChurchChurch of Sweden
Elected30 March 2006
Installed2 September 2006
Term ended15 June 2014
PredecessorK. G. Hammar
SuccessorAntje Jackelén
Ordination17 December 1972 (priest)
Consecration17 December 1995[1]
by Gunnar Weman
Personal details
Birth nameAnders Harald Wejryd
Born (1948-08-08) 8 August 1948 (age 71)
Falköping, Sweden
ParentsHarald Wejryd
Birgitta Lagher
SpouseKajsa Wejryd (née Malmfors)
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Alma materUppsala University
  • Parate viam Domini
  • (Prepare the Way of the Lord)
Ordination history of
Anders Wejryd
Priestly ordination
Date17 December 1972
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byGunnar Weman
Date17 December 1995
PlaceUppsala Cathedral

Early life and ministryEdit

Wejryd studied at Uppsala University, where he received his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1972. In the same year, he was ordained priest in Västerås. He has served as priest in Västerås, Munktorp and Arboga, and was vicar of the parish Munktorp-Odensvi from 1978 to 1985, and vicar of Arboga parish and rural dean of the deanery Köping-Arboga from 1985 to 1987. In the 1980s, he continued part-time doctoral studies, doing research on Nathan Söderblom's missionary work until 1987, when his new job left him no time to continue. From 1987 to 1995 he was director of Ersta diakonisällskap (a church-connected foundation in Stockholm running a small hospital, social care activities and a nursing college), before becoming Bishop of Växjö in 1995, and Archbishop of Uppsala in 2006.


Wejryd was the first Archbishop to be elected after the separation of the Church of Sweden from the state on 1 January 2000. This meant that the Government of Sweden had no role in his appointment. In the preliminary election on 8 February 2006, he received 33% of the votes among 14 candidates (of which only eight received any votes at all). In the first round of voting on 15 March, six candidates remained, and Wejryd received a plurality of votes, 44.6%, but not an absolute majority, with Ragnar Persenius as runner-up at 30.8%. A second round of voting between Wejryd and Persenius was arranged on 30 March, when Wejryd received 176 votes (58.1%) against 127 for Persenius.

Wejryd took up his office on 2 September 2006. He met with Pope Benedict XVI in March 2007. In June 2010, he officiated at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.[3]


  • CV of Anders Wejryd at the Church of Sweden official website.
  • Press release at the Church of Sweden official website on Wejryd's election as new archbishop, dated 30 March 2006.
  1. ^ Kjell Blückert, Signum 2007, 1: Vägröjaren Wejryd (in Swedish)
  2. ^ "Religious Organizations" (in Swedish). World Statesmen. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  3. ^ 2009-08-22: Officianter utnämnda till vigseln mellan Kronprinsessan Victoria och herr Daniel Westling (in Swedish)
Religious titles
Preceded by
K. G. Hammar
Archbishop of Uppsala
Lutheran Primate of Sweden

Succeeded by
Antje Jackelén