Sweden - Religion2015
By Anastacia Sampson
Although the Lutheran Church is the main religion of Sweden this was not always the case. Norse paganism was the religion that was generally followed before the 11 century. Statistics show that even in the year 2009, many years later that somehow Germanic Neo pagans do still practice and follow pagan rituals and beliefs.
Monk Ansgar was the first monk to try Christianize Sweden, yet it failed and for about a hundred years attempts failed. By the time King Stenkil in 1060 become king, Christianity was established in most of Sweden.
It was the time of the Protestant Reformation that history looks back at the king as trying to gain control of the church and its assets;the reformation was a political tool used by King Gustav Vasa who was made to be the king in 1523.
After the 1530s the Roman Catholic Church lost is strong hold and its authority.
After this, the period known as the Lutheran Orthodoxy was lived out. From the late 18th century other religions were permitted and tolerated such as Roman Catholicism and Judaism. Up until 1860 it was illegal for Lutheran Swedes to convert to any other religion. From 1860 to 1951 the law granted that a Lutheran Swede may convert to another recognized religion. From 1951, a Lutheran Swede may leave the Luetheran Church without giving an explanation or reason and this was established in the Law on Freedom of Religion.