Kurds in Sweden

Kurds in Sweden may refer to people born in or residing in the Sweden of Kurdish origin.

Kurds in Sweden
Total population
Approximately 85,000
Regions with significant populations
Huddinge, Botkyrka, Västerås, Gothenburg, Örebro, Stockholm, Uppsala, Dalarna, Karlstad, Malmö, Borlänge
Kurdish, Swedish (some knowledge of Turkish, Arabic and Persian)
Majority Islam

Most Kurdish people in Sweden live in the capital Stockholm or in Uppsala.[1] A majority of Kurdish political refugees choose Sweden as their host country and therefore they have a cultural presence in Sweden.[2] As of 2017, 6 MPs in the Swedish parliament are of Kurdish descent.

Chronological Kurdish arrivals to SwedenEdit

Integration issuesEdit

The 26-year-old Kurdish woman Fadime Şahindal was murdered by her father in an honour killing in 2002.[7][8][9] Kurdish organizations were criticized by prime minister Göran Persson for not doing enough to prevent honour killings.[7] Pela Atroshi was a Kurdish girl who was shot by her uncle in a brutal honour killing.[10] The murder of Pela and Fadime gave rise to the formation of the human rights organization Never Forget Pela and Fadime (GAPF). GAPF is a politically and religiously independent and secular nonprofit organization working against honor-related violence and oppression. The organization's name is taken from Pela Atroshi and Fadime Sahindal which is Sweden's best-known and high-profile cases of honor killings.[11][9] The honor killing of Sara, an Iraqi Kurdish girl, was the first publicized honor killing in Sweden.[9][12][13] These three prominent cases of Sara, Pela and Fadime, brought the notion of honour killings into Swedish discourse.[7]

Notable Kurds in SwedenEdit


  • Eldén, Åsa (2004): Life-and-Death Honour: Young Women's Violent Stories About Reputation, Virginity and Honour – in a Swedish Context. In: Mojab, Sharzad/Abdo, Nahla (Hg.): Violence in the Name of Honour. Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Press: 91-100
  • Rizvi, Javeria (2004): Violence in the Name of Honour in Swedish Society: What Lessons can be learnt from the Swedish Experience. In: Mojab, Shahrzad/Abdo, Nahla (Hg.): Violence in the Name of Honour. Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Press: 211-223
  • Wikan, Unni (2008): In Honor of Fadime: Murder and Shame. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • Wikan, Unni (2004) Deadly Distrust: Honor Killings and Swedish Multiculturalism. In: Hardin, Russell (Hg.): Distrust. New York: Russell Sage Foundation: 192-204

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Stilla protest mot massaker". Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.saradistribution.com/img/saradistr_press1.gif
  3. ^ [Rohat Alakom - Kurderna, fyrtio år i Sverige s.98]
  4. ^ [Rohat Alakom - Kurderna, fyrtio år i Sverige s.97]
  5. ^ "PalmeCenter.se". Archived from the original on 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  6. ^ Chatelard, Géraldine, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Working Paper No. 68, University of Oxford, 2009, Migration from Iraq between the Gulf and the Iraq wars (1990-2003):Historical and socio-spatial dimensions Archived 2016-01-11 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b c Hellgren, Zenia; Hobson, Barbara (1 September 2008). "Cultural dialogues in the good society: The case of honour killings in Sweden" (PDF). Ethnicities. 8 (3): 385–404. doi:10.1177/1468796808092449. S2CID 210759790.
  8. ^ "Kurd killing sparks ethnic debate". CNN. 5 February 2002. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  9. ^ a b c vgs.univie.ac.at/_TCgi_Images/vgs/20080527171708_HSK27_Wikan.pdf
  10. ^ "Australian links to brutal honour killing". 25 April 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Riksorganisationen GAPF - Glöm aldrig Pela och Fadime". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  12. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=kuuFAwAAQBAJ page 198
  13. ^ https://books.google.ch/books?id=6FH4KdYGhttps://books.google.ch/books?id=6FH4KdYGYYIC[permanent dead link] page 277