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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Sweden. The Muslim community in Sweden is heterogeneous and encompasses a large number of ethnic, religious and political outlooks, as well as a wide range of different languages. Today there are five umbrella organisations that operate nationally, and it is claimed that they serve approximately 75% of all Muslims in Sweden. Religion is a compulsory subject in the Swedish school system, but is required to be taught in a balanced and neutral way, and pupils should not be indoctrinated into any specific religious system. In 2009, the celebrations of both Ramadan and 'Id al-Fitr were highlighted by the Swedish media, and some of the festivities were broadcast on national television. This celebration was organised by WAMA, a Muslim cultural and event company.

Keywords: 'Id al-Fitr; Muslims; Ramadan; Sweden

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