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History of Africans in Sweden

This information is according to Wikipedia

African immigrants have been living in Sweden since the 17th century. One of the early documented Africans in Sweden was Gustav Badin, (1747 or 1750 to 1822), a black court-servant and diarist, originally a slave, butler of Queen of Sweden, Louisa Ulrika and later Princess Sophia Albertine of Sweden.

The 1970s, 1980s and 1990s saw increasing immigration from Africa, often as a consequence of civil wars. Swedish statistical data show that the African-born population has grown from 4,149 in 1970 to 10,025 in 1980, 27,343 in 1990, 55,138 in 2000 and 103,077 in 2009.

Population Size

Swedish national statistics collect data on country of birth, citizenship and parents’ citizenship, but not on ethnicity or parents’ country of birth. According to Statistics Sweden, in 2009 there were 103,077 Swedish residents who were born in Africa. Of these, the largest group were those born in Somalia, numbering 31,734, followed by Ethiopia (13,052), Eritrea (8,963) and Morocco (7,038). In 2009, the number of people in Sweden holding citizenship from a country in Africa was 54,215. The largest group amongst these migrants were those holding Somali citizenship (24,699 people), followed by Eritrean (5,017), Ethiopian (3,575), Djibouti (2,475), and Burundian (2,172) citizenship. It is important to stress that there are no numbers or statistics concerning Swedish born citizens with one or two parents born in Africa. Read more on Wikipedia

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