Swedish Iranians

Swedish Iranians
ایرانیان سوئد
Total population


0.9% of the Swedish population (2012)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö
Persian, Kurdish, Swedish
Shi'a Islam, Non-religious

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

There are approximately 63,828 people 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 minorities, accounting for nearly one percent of the population.

When the first generation of Iranian refugees fled to Sweden in the 80s many of them ended up living on welfare, despite their middle class backgrounds.But today second generation Iranian Swedes are over-represented in higher education and in high paying professions like dentistry and engineering.

About 90% percent of them go on to higher education – far more than the Swedish average (45 percent) or the average for other minorities (37 percent). They are also over-represented in highly paid professions like dentistry and engineering.Middle class Iranian culture – with its emphasis on education – may be part of the reason for their success. Becoming an engineer or a doctor is a mantra in many families.

Notable Iranians in Sweden

See also

  • Iran-Sweden relations


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