Atheistic Sweden and loneliness

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Sweden is one of the most atheistic countries in the world.[1] In 2009, 42 percent of Swedes reported being lonely often or sometimes.[2]

Compared to deeply religious cultures where an extended family and a sense of community often exists, secular countries are often lonelier societies.

Sweden is one of the most atheistic country in the world and the website reported that in 2005 46 - 85% of Swedes were agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[3] Sweden also has the 3rd highest rate of belief in evolution as far as Western World nations.[4]

It was reported in November 2019 that a record number of Swedes were taking medication for depression, doubling in the previous two decades.[5]

Atheistic Sweden and loneliness

In 2009, 42 percent of Swedes reported being lonely often or sometimes.[6]

The Local SE reported in 2009 concerning Sweden:

Women experienced greater loneliness – and younger people more than older individuals.

When people were asked for the factors contributing to their loneliness, younger people attributed their social isolation to personality traits, such as being uninteresting or deviant. Older people cited a lack of close relationships and transportation to get out of the house.

People in their thirties experienced the greatest degree of isolation. “It might be that it is then that you are expected to have paired off, gotten married and had children. Not following that time line might lead to a sense of exclusion,” Tornstam said.[7]

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