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Northern, Southern and Western Europe


Sweden ranks 3 out of 162 countries in the Gender Inequality Index, where a high rank equals high equality. Women should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.


Sweden has a Workplace Index score of 1.7, a Marketplace Index score of 2.5 and a Community and Environment Index score of 2.3 in the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas, where countries receive scores between 0 and 10. A score closer to 0 reflects a need for basic children’s rights due diligence, while a higher score reflects a need for enhanced or heightened due diligence. Children should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though. 

Persons with Disabilities

Due to differences in data collection and definitions it is difficult to compare countries on disability prevalence rates. Persons with disabilities should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

According to the World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, Sweden's indigenous population is the Sámi. There are no official statistics but estimates suggest that significant minority and indigenous communities include Finns, Roma, Jews and Sámi. These groups' languages (Finnish, Yiddish, Meänkieli, Romani Chib and Sámi) are officially recognised minority languages. Other communities include people of former Yugoslavian, Iranian, Iraqi, Polish, Syrian or Turkish origin or descent. Of these, particularly prominent ethnic and religious minorities are Kurds and Assyrians. Finnish-speakers have lived in the north of Sweden since before the Swedish state existed. There are also large numbers of recent Finnish immigrants to Sweden. 

Migrant Workers​

According to the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, migrant workers as a proportion of all workers is 18.4 % in the subregion Northern, Southern and Western Europe.

Persons in Armed Conflict

Sweden ranks 172 out of 179 countries in the Fragile States Index, where a high rank equals high fragility. For monthly crisis updates, check out CrisisWatch

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