The interfaith council of Sweden was established as a meeting place for the national religious leaders in Uppsala, Sweden in the year 2010. In the foundation it was established that it should meet regularly to expand its knowledge of each other’s religion and to create a space for discussion about the role of religion in society. It is also of importance to provide administrative support and to be a coordinating link between the interfaith council and its members.
The council also works to gather and convey experiences from or among other interfaith initiatives in Sweden. And also to deepen, develop and distribute knowledge about different religions as well as to develop and organize a visible work to counter anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other threats to religious freedom.
Since the creation of the council in 2010, it has launched campaigns, manifestations, activities and statements that address issues of religious and religious freedom in Sweden. The council works to promote and create the surroundings for a broader interfaith cooperation in Sweden, as well as highlighting the role of religion in creating peace and consensus in society.
There are a total of ten faiths represented and the structure of the council is as follows: The election of Muslim, Buddhist, Christian and Jewish representative’s takes place through the umbrella organizations of each religion, for example, through the Christian Council of Sweden, Muslim Council of Sweden, the Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities and Council Swedish Buddhist Cooperation Council. Representatives from Hinduism, Sikhism, Mandaeans, Alevites, Mormons and Bahá’í are appointed in another appropriate manner.