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Church of Sweden

[Flag of the Church of Sweden] by Elias Granqvist,

The flag of the Church of Sweden (Svenska kyrkan) is a banner of the arms of the said church. The Church of Sweden is a Lutheran Christian church, the biggest religious society in Sweden, and was the state church until 31 December 1999.
Elias Granqvist, 10 July 2000

At least some of the dioceses use flags, as far as I know. They are also using banners of arms. A commonly used flag at churches is the flag of the Church of Sweden.
Elias Granqvist, 15 August 2000

The Church of Sweden has recently started to use a different drawing of its arms. In a heraldic sense however, the arms has not been altered. (It may also be that my drawing of the flag, which we display, is not exactly as the flag is made in reality)
Elias Granqvist, 3 April 2005

Different sorts of flags seem to be in use. See: which shows a 'fassadflagga' and a 'vimpel' plus PMS values. The pictures are clickable (dimensions in cm will appear).
Among the articles offered at are various kinds of flag, too.
Jan Mertens, 4 April 2005

In San Agustin (Gran Canaria) I saw a shield yellow, divided by a red centred cross, which was superimposed by a yellow coronet. The shield was the logo of the Swedish Church. The centre of the shield is attached.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 07 October 2011

Roman Catholic Church

Information on the Roman Catholic Church in Sweden

From the English version of the Stockholm diocese page (26 May 2000):

Catholics: 165,691 (2 per cent of the 8.8 million population)
Diocese: 1 (Stockholm Diocese covers all Sweden)
Parishes: 38

Flag of the Catholic Cathedral of Stockholm

[Flag of the Catholic Cathedral in Stockholm] by António Martins

I recently saw a flag which was yellow with a white cross. It had the proportions of the flag of Sweden and the colours of the Vatican flag and was displayed outside a Catholic church in Stockholm.
Anders Hanquist, 25 May 2000

Here is a response from the Katolska Stiftet in Sweden:

"Dear Sir
It is the flag of the Catholic cathedral, not of the Catholic Church in Sweden.
Sincerely yours
Eva Welin secretary for information"
Lewis A. Nowitz, 26 May 2000

Editor's note: This information was confirmed by Dean Lars Cavallin on 14 July 2000. The Dean also mentions, that the colours are the clerical colours of gold and silver (yellow and white), the same as for the Holy See (Vatican City State).