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Swedish Iranians consist of people of Iranian nationality who have settled in Sweden, as well as Swedish residents and citizens of Iranian heritage.

Swedish Iranians
ایرانیان سوئد
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Uppsala.
Swedish, Persian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Luri (See languages of Iran)
Shi'a Islam, Sunni Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Bahai Faith, Irreligion



There are approximately 63,828 people[1] born in Iran living in Sweden today, as well as 28,600 people born in Sweden with at least one parent born in Iran. They are one of Sweden's largest immigrant groups, accounting for about 1.7% of the population.[2]

The very first wave of Iranian refugees consisted of 5,000 Iranian refugees who fled to Sweden in 1979-1980 most of them were middle-aged, middle-class Pahlavi supporters who were opposing the revolution . When the Iran-Iraq War broke out in 1980, almost 20,000 Iranian citizens found asylum in Sweden. Second generation Iranian Swedes are well-represented in higher education and in some well paying professions like dentistry and engineering.

About 60% percent of them go on to higher education – more than the Swedish average (45 percent)[1] Iranian culture with its emphasis on education may be part of the reason for this. Becoming an engineer or a doctor is a mantra in many families. Abundantly represented minorities amongst the Swedish Iranians, like in other Iranian diaspora nations are Azerbaijanis, Kurds, Armenians and Assyrians.

Notable Iranians in SwedenEdit

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