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There are 9,285 people born in Russia who currently live in Sweden.

The Russian Orthodox Church in Sweden have parishes in the cities of Gothenburg, Stockholm, Västerås, Uppsala, Karlstad, Umeå and Luleå, where many Russian first and second generation immigrants live. Most of them arrived in Sweden in the 1920s after the Russian Civil War. A second, smaller wave came after World War II. An increasing number of Russians and others from the former Soviet Union have moved to Sweden since the 1990s, with more than 900 per year receiving Swedish citizenship since 2011.[1] A majority of Russians in Sweden are Russian women who have married Swedish men.[2]

In the Swedish news media, a Russian-Swedish perspective is sometimes given by Lioudmila Siegel, who is the chairperson of the Russian National Association (Swedish: Ryska riksförbundet). During the Russian presidential election in 2012, she identified herself as a supporter of President Vladimir Putin and she rejected accusations of election fraud.[3]

The Russian National Association has close connections to the Russian embassy in Stockholm, and regularly arranges events together with it.[4] It organised an exhibition about Russian women in Sweden called "The Russian Bride – An Ordinary Woman", which examined mail-order brides.[5] The Russian National Association was founded on 18 October 2003. In 2008 the National Association consisted of 20 local associations. In 2009 it joined SIOS, the Cooperation Group for Ethnic Associations in Sweden.[6]


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  1. ^ Access date 8 december 2014 (statistics in Swedish)
  2. ^ Lorenz, Karin (11 March 2013). "Den ryska bruden - en vanlig kvinna". Sveriges Television (in Swedish). Stockholm. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Storseger för Putin som nu anklagas för valfusk". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). Stockholm. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Nyheter". (in Swedish). Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Sweden. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Вопросы - ответы". Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  6. ^ "SIOS Historik". / (in Swedish). Cooperation Group for Ethnic Associations in Sweden. Retrieved 4 November 2014.

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