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Last modified: 2001-08-16 by elias granqvist
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Church of Sweden

[Flag of the Church of Sweden] by Elias Granqvist, 2000-Jul-10

The flag of the Church of Sweden (Svenska kyrkan) is a banner of the arms of the said church. The Church of Sweden is a Lutheran Christian church, the biggest religious society in Sweden, and was state church until 31 December 1999.

Elias Granqvist, 2000-Jul-10

At least some of the dioceses use flags, as far as I know. They are also using banners of arms. A commonly used flag at churches is the flag of the Church of Sweden.

Elias Granqvist, 2000-Aug-15

Roman Catholic Church

Information on the Roman Catholic Church in Sweden

From the English version of
the Stockholm diocese page (2000-May-26):

Catholics: 165,691 (2 per cent of the 8.8 million population)
Diocese: 1 (Stockholm Diocese covers all Sweden)
Parishes: 38

Flag of the catholic cathedral of Stockholm

[Flag of the Catholic Cathedral in Stockholm] by Antonio Martins, 2000-May-27

I recently saw a flag which was yellow with a white cross. It had the proportions of the flag of Sweden and the colours of the Vatican flag and was displayed outside a Catholic church in Stockholm.

Anders Hanquist, 2000-May-25

Here is a response from the Katolska Stiftet in Sweden:

"Dear Sir
It is the flag of the catholic cathedral, not of the Catholic Church in Sweden. Sincerely yours Eva Welin secretary for information"

Lewis A. Nowitz, 2000-May-26

Editor's note: This information was confirmed by Dean Lars Cavallin on 2000-Jul-14. The Dean also mentions, that the colours are the clerical colours of gold and silver (yellow and white), the same as for the Holy See (Vatican City State).

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