The Jewish Museum in Stockholm has a timeline (in Swedish)
A FEW FACTS ABOUT JEWISH HISTORY IN SWEDEN[based on: "Det mångkulturella Sverige" eds. Ingvar Svanberg & Harald Runblom, pp 192-196]
In the last part of the 17 century a number of Ashkenazi Jews and some Jewish families converted to Christianity settled in Sweden. A law signed in 1685 by King Karl XI banned Jews from Sweden and several later laws followed this line. There was a difference of opinion between on the one side the king and the nobility and the clergy and middle classes. The latter were hostile to the Jews as they viewed them as a threat to the church and to the trade respectively.
It was not till the era of Gustav III that laws permitting Jews to settle in Sweden at a larger scale. Marstrand became a "porto franco" in 1775 and the inhabitants were granted freedom of trade and religion; here a Jewish community was founded and a synagogue built. However, the Jewish community only lasted until 1794.
In 1774 Aron Isaac was granted permission to settle in Stockholm as an engraver and keep his Jewish religion. From 1775 a royal resolution opened op for the first "schutzjuden" in Sweden. A few years later there were enough Jews in Stockholm to found the first Jewish community.
The following years saw a continued opposition from the clergy and the middle class to immigration of Jews. In 1782 the so-called "Judereglementet" (Jew Rules) can be seen as a compromise between the opposition and the king and nobility: The Jews were considered aliens but given some rights; they were only permitted to live in a few towns (Stockholm, Gothenburg, Norrköping and Karlskrona) and were not allowed to own property outside these towns and for a living there were strict rules as to in what trades and crafts they could engage. Furthermore they could not hold office of any kind and were only permitted to marry within the Jewish community.
Statistics: Jews in Sweden 1787-1980
[After Joseph Zitomersky: "The Jewish Population in Sweden, 1780-1980: An Ethno-Demographic Study", in: "Judisk Liv i Norden", eds. G. Broberg, H. Runblom & M. Tydén, Uppsala, 1988]
JEWISH IMMIGRATION TO SWEDEN - A BRIEF HISTORYby Carl Henrik Carlsson
President of The Jewish Genealogical Society of Sweden
M.A. in history Uppsala University, Sweden
can be found on the website of:
-- click on the link "History".
Carl Henrik Carlsson is a contributing editor of Avotaynu and has given presentations on Swedish research at the Jewish Genealogical conferences in New York and London, where he presented interesting evidence that many Jewish immigrants to Sweden came from Suwalki.
Carl Henrik Carlsson is the author of:
You can find more information about the Jews in Sweden on:
Furthermore, on the website: The Internet Journal "ROOTS" (the world's only existing daily newspaper for genealogists - published by: The Swedish Genealogical Society) you can find useful information - in Swedish and some in English - about genealogical research in Sweden in general - and about researching your Jewish roots in Sweden on i.a.:
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