(Eur.). Include (1) Swedish Missionary Soc. (Svenska Missionssälskapet), founded 1835; absorbed the Lund Miss. Soc. founded 1845) 1855; united with the Swed. Ch. Miss. (see 3) 1876 but was not wholly absorbed by it. (2) Ev. Nat. Miss. Soc. (Evangeliska Foster-lands-Stiftelsen), founded 1856. This soc. (literally foundation) consists of many socs.; est. a school for training missionaries 1863 at Johannelund, near Stockholm; fields have included Swed., Afr., India. (3) The Ch. of Swed. Miss. (Svenska Kyrkans Missionsstyrelse), founded 1874; state institution; headed by abp. Uppsala; united with Swed. Miss. Soc. 1876 (see 1) but did not wholly absorb it; fields have included China, India, Afr.; during the 2 World Wars the Ch. of Swed. Miss. administered the work of the Leipzig Ev. Luth. Miss. in India. See also Africa, B 5; India, 10. (4) Mission Covenant Ch. of Swed. (Swed. Miss. Covenant; Svenska Missionsförbundet), founded 1878; cong. free ch. denomination; fields have included Congo, China, Jap., East Turkestan, Fin., Russ., Armenia, Caucasus, Persia, North Afr., Alaska.
See also Sweden, Lutheranism in, 5.
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