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Stockholm has had presence of Jews since the 18th century. Sweden stands out as one of few European countries unaffected by the Holocaust, and has great collections of Jewish objects.


Walking tours in Stockholm

While Jews have resided in Stockholm since the height of the Swedish Empire in the 17th century, their religion was prohibited until 1774, requiring Jews to be baptized at immigration. King Gustav III approved their religion, still barring them from land ownership and many professions, and limiting their residence to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Norrköping. Jews got full civil rights in Sweden in 1870. Since 2000, Jews have been recognized as one of Sweden's national minorities, together with the Romani, Sami, Finns and Tornedalians. As of the 2020s, there are around 20,000 Jews in Sweden, many of them in Stockholm.


Map of Jewish Stockholm tour
  • 1 Adrat Jisrael Synagogue, S:t Paulsgatan 13. The synagogue of an orthodox congregation founded in 1871, featured in the Millennium series; see Millennium Tour.
On 29 september 1681, the Israel Mendel och Moses Jacob families were baptized, with King Charles XI and Queen Ulrika Eleonora as godparents.
  • 2 German Church (Tyska Kyrkan), Svartmangatan 16A. Officially named Sankta Gertrud, this church is the home of the first German-speaking parish outside Germany. As most Jews in Sweden came from German lands, this was the site for baptizing Jewish immigrants. German Church (Q2164087) on Wikidata German Church, Stockholm on Wikipedia
  • 3 Jewish Museum (Judiska museet), Själagårdsgatan 19. This 17th-century building was an auction chamber until it became Stockholm's first synagogue from 1795 to 1870; the year when Jews got full civil rights, and the Great Synagogue was inaugurated. The building has among other things been used as a police station, until the Jewish Museum (on different premises since 1992) moved into the building in 2019. Jewish Museum of Sweden (Q684827) on Wikidata Jewish Museum of Sweden on Wikipedia
  • 4 Forum för levande historia. A museum with exhibitions focused on human rights and crimes against humanity. Previous exhibitions have depicted Sweden's role in World War II in Europe and the Holocaust. Forum för levande historia (Q1439258) on Wikidata Living History Forum on Wikipedia
  • 5 Great Synagogue, Wahrendorffsgatan 3B. Inaugurated in 1870. Stockholm Synagogue (Q619484) on Wikidata Stockholm Synagogue on Wikipedia
  • 6 Raoul Wallenberg Monument. A monument for Raoul Wallenberg. The aesthetics are questioned, and a more traditional bust has been set up at Strandvägen 7.
  • 7 Strandvägen 7 (Hotel Diplomat). In World War II, Germany occupied Denmark and Norway in 1940, while Finland was co-belligerent with Germany. Sweden remained formally non-belligerent (not explicitly neutral), but made many concessions to Germany to keep peace, including iron export and passage of German troops. With Europe at war, Stockholm became a haven for diplomats, with an opportunity to spy on their enemies. Östermalm was the embassy district, and the palace at Strandvägen 7 hosted several embassies; for the United States, Italy, Yugoslavia and Turkey, and the German military attaché. On the backstreet was the local branch of the German Nazi Party. Sweden had strong ties with Germany since centuries, and many Swedish businesspeople remained pro-German well into the war, but the Nazi ideology still failed to become popular in Sweden. As the Axis atrocities became well known, Sweden had to mend its reputation through humanitarian missions. Raoul Wallenberg travelled to Budapest, issued diplomatic passports to Jews, and housed them in Swedish embassy buildings. Wallenberg was detained by the Soviet Union in January 1945, was never found again, and was long rumoured to be alive. He was declared dead in 2016. Strandvägen 7 (Q10681582) on Wikidata
  • 8 Adat Jeschurun. Orthodox synagogue. Adat Jeschurun (Q10400986) on Wikidata
  • 9 Bajit, Nybrogatan 19 A. Jewish cultural centre with a library, a school, and a kosher grocer.

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  • 10 Swedish Holocaust Museum, Torsgatan 19. Sweden's first museum dedicated to Holocaust remembrance was founded in 2022, and opened its first exhibition in 2023. Swedish Holocaust Museum (Q107506185) on Wikidata Swedish Holocaust Museum on Wikipedia
  • 11 Kronoberg cemetery. Jewish cemetery, Kronobergsparken (Q1716705) on Wikidata
  • 12 Aronsberg cemetery. Named for Aaron Isaac. Jewish cemetery Aronsberg (Q10589492) on Wikidata
  • 13 Southern Jewish cemetery. Part of Skogskyrkogården (the Woodland Cemetery), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Judiska församlingens södra begravningsplatsen (Q48599129) on Wikidata
  • 14 Northern Jewish cemetery (On the large Northern Cemetery in Solna.).

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