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Kurds in Sweden may refer to people born in or residing in the Sweden of Kurdish origin.
Most Kurdish people in Sweden live in the capital Stockholm or in Uppsala.
A majority of Kurdish political refugees choose Sweden as their host country and therefore they have a cultural presence in Sweden. As of 2017, 6 MPs in the Swedish parliament are of Kurdish descent.
Chronological Kurdish arrivals to Sweden
1967-1970 Two Kurdish students from south Kurdistan were expelled and fled to Sweden where they continued their studies.
1971-1975 A military coup in Turkey and the peace agreement in Iraq was established. Many Kurds left those countries and went to Uppsala.
1975 Huddinge becomes the first municipality offering Kurdish as a primary language.
The 26-year-old Kurdish woman Fadime ?ahindal was murdered by her father in an honour killing in 2002. Kurdish organizations were criticized by prime minister Göran Persson for not doing enough to prevent honour killings.Pela Atroshi was a Kurdish girl who was shot by her uncle in a brutal honour killing. The murder of Pela and Fadime gave rise to the formation of the human rights organization Never Forget Pela and Fadime (GAPF). GAPF is a politically and religiously independent and secular nonprofit organization working against honor-related violence and oppression. The organization's name is taken from Pela Atroshi and Fadime Sahindal which is Sweden's best-known and high-profile cases of honor killings. The honor killing of Sara, an Iraqi Kurdish girl, was the first publicized honor killing in Sweden. These three prominent cases of Sara, Pela and Fadime, brought the notion of honour killings into Swedish discourse.
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