Swedish Portuguese
Luso-suecos (Portuguese)
Svenskportugiser (Swedish)
Sweden Portugal
Total population
0.05% of the Swedish population (2020)
Swedish, Portuguese
Predominantly Christianity (Roman Catholicism), Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
Other Portuguese people, Portuguese in Denmark, Portuguese in Finland, Portuguese in Iceland, Portuguese in Norway

Portuguese in Sweden (Swedish: Svensksportugiser) are citizens and residents of Sweden who are of Portuguese descent.

Portuguese Swedes are Portuguese-born citizens with a Swedish citizenship or Swedish-born citizens of Portuguese ancestry or citizenship.

There are approximately 5,033 Portuguese people living in Sweden as of 2022. The Portuguese represent 0.05% of the country's population.[2]


Map showing the location of the two countries within Europe

The Portuguese community in the country has experienced considerable growth, especially after Brexit. Portuguese emigrants are in fact leaving the United Kingdom for Nordic countries: most of them are highly qualified and aged between 20 and 40, looking for better quality of life and economic stability.[3] The influx of Portuguese migrants towards the country is steadily increasing and there are 5 Portuguese associations in the country.[4][5][6][7] Both countries are EU members.


In recent years many Portuguese international footballers have moved to Sweden to play for Swedish clubs. In 2023 these included: Ieltsin Camões (IK Brage), Filipe Sissé (Varbergs BoIS), Mamadu Djau (Örebro), Luís Canina (IFK Luleå) and Kevin Cerqueira (BK Häcken).[8][9][10][11][12][13]


The Portuguese community in Sweden retains strong ties with its homeland and, between 2000 and 2021, it has sent about 162.5 million euros () to Portugal in remittances. In the same timeframe, Swedes in Portugal (numbering around 5,700 individuals)[14] have sent approximately 19.81 million euros to Sweden.[15]

Portuguese language

Engraving of the walls and castle of the city of Lagos, in the Algarve region, in Portugal. National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet)

the Portuguese are part of a wider Portuguese-speaking community in Sweden, comprising around 1,920 people from PALOP countries (the majority being from Angola or from Cape Verde), Timor-Leste and Macau and around 20,000 Brazilians.[16][17]

People from CPLP countries thus number around 27,000 accounting for 0.25% of the population of Sweden.[18]

The immigrant community of people coming from CPLP countries in Sweden is the largest found among the Nordic countries: in Finland there are a little more than 5,000 CPLP nationals (0.09% of the country's population),[19][20] in Denmark there are around 11,000 CPLP nationals (0.19% of the country's population)[21][22][23] while in Iceland there are around 2,000 CPLP nationals (0.52% of the country's population),[24][25][26][27][28] and in Norway there are around 25,300 CPLP nationals (0.38% of the population).[29][30][31][32]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Portugueses na Suécia".
  2. ^ "Observatório da Emigração". observatorioemigracao.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  3. ^ Ferreira, Marta Leite (2023-06-28). "Novos emigrantes portugueses trocam o Reino Unido pelos países nórdicos: "Parece uma redistribuição", diz Observatório". PÚBLICO (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  4. ^ Cruz, Luís (2023-03-07). "Comunidade portuguesa na Suécia continua a crescer". BOM DIA (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  5. ^ webmaster (2022-03-08). "Entrada de portugueses na Suécia cresce 27% em 2021". Diáspora Lusa (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  6. ^ Brazão, Isabel. "Aumentou a entrada de portugueses na Suécia". ccmm.madeira.gov.pt (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  7. ^ "QUEM SOMOS". FAPS (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  8. ^ FF, Skellefteå (2021-08-26). "HERR: Ieltsin Camoes klar för SFF". Skellefteå FF (in Swedish). Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  9. ^ "IK Brage".
  10. ^ GB, O. Golo (2022-08-18). "FILIPE SISSÉ ESTREOU-SE PELO VARBERGS". O GOLO GB (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  11. ^ Kurt, Mattias (2023-01-16). "Örebro Syrianska värvar Mamadu Djau". Örebro Syrianska IF (in Swedish). Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  12. ^ "Luis Correia är klar för IFK Luleå" (in Swedish). 2023-01-26. Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  13. ^ "Häcken".
  14. ^ "Sefstat" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Observatório da Emigração". observatorioemigracao.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-28.
  16. ^ "Population by country of birth, age and sex. Year 2000 – 2022". Statistikdatabasen. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  17. ^ "Brasileiros no exterior" (PDF).
  18. ^ "Statistics Sweden". Statistiska Centralbyrån. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  19. ^ "Finnish citizens with dual nationality by Second nationality, Year, Sex, Age and Information". PxWeb. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  20. ^ "Population 31.12. by Region, Nationality, Age, Sex, Year and Information". PxWeb. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
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  22. ^ "Statistikbanken". www.statbank.dk. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  23. ^ "Dinamarca". Portal Diplomático (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  24. ^ "Population by country of birth, sex and age 1 January 1998–2022". PxWeb. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  25. ^ "Brasileiros no exterior" (PDF).
  26. ^ "Observatório da Emigração". observatorioemigracao.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  27. ^ "Foreign citizens gaining Icelandic citizenship by former citizenship, sex and age 1991–2021". PxWeb. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  28. ^ "Statistics Iceland: Overview". Statistics Iceland. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  29. ^ "Immigrants in Norway".
  30. ^ "Brasileiros no exterior" (PDF).
  31. ^ Pisco, Paulo (2020-03-13). "Os portugueses na Noruega". BOM DIA (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  32. ^ "Statistics Norway". SSB. 2023-07-19. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  33. ^ Gonçalves, Mauro. "A vida de uma "dancing queen": a rainha Silvia da Suécia faz 75 anos". Observador (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  34. ^ "Hans i Curitiba" (PDF).
  35. ^ Samuelsson, Elin (2020-10-30). "Allt om drottning Silvias bortglömda familj". www.allas.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  36. ^ "Det blåa blodet blir allt tunnare inom kungafamiljen".