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One in five Swedes 'believes in ghosts'

One in five Swedes 'believes in ghosts'

Published: 13 Feb 2012 07:24 GMT+01:00
Updated: 13 Feb 2012 07:24 GMT+01:00

One in five Swedes believes that people rise from the grave after they've died, a new survey has shown.

According to a survey carried out by the Sifo polling firm at the request of newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), 21 percent of respondents said they believed people become ghosts after they've died.

Religion experts say that Sweden is the meddle of a supernatural “renaissance”.

The survey also found that 20 percent or respondents indicated they had been in contact with or had felt the presence of someone who is dead.

More women than men indicated they had had such experiences – 20 percent compared to 11 percent.

In addition, people over the age of 65 are the least likely to believe in ghosts, with only 13 percent indicating that they believe the dead can rise from the grave.

Liselotte Frisk, a professor of religious studies at Dalarna University in central Sweden, said the country is in the middle of a “renaissance” with supernatural phenomena.

“Many television programmes address the supernatural and strengthen the beliefs that exist in our culture. It's also the case that there are fewer participants in different rituals such as sermons and confirmation and that creates space that allows for these notions to take hold,” she told SvD.

The responses come from a survey of 1,000 people carried out in January.

In a similar study by Sifo conducted in 1998, 17 percent said they believed the dead became ghosts.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:35 February 13, 2012 by J Jack
Opinion vs belief , what's the difference? I would think a fantasy vs physical encounter.
10:00 February 13, 2012 by Keith #5083
Where they asked the questions before or after the New Year parties?
10:29 February 13, 2012 by BillyB
Then clearly 1 in 5 Swedes are stupid.
10:41 February 13, 2012 by Ballcocks
Worst photo that I've seen the Local use yet !

And what has it to do with goats ?
11:26 February 13, 2012 by zircon
Incense can help.
12:26 February 13, 2012 by DAVID T
I did a ghost poop this morning - when I checked the bowl it was gone
12:59 February 13, 2012 by acidcritic
I dont believe they exist, but they exist and some- when they use bikini- are very attrarctive
15:23 February 13, 2012 by zircon
And so is the lady you're buying the incense from.
19:07 February 13, 2012 by Tanskalainen
One of the cabins where I go deer hunting is haunted. It's not funny, spirits are a pain in the ass. Ever make the mistake of feeding seagulls on a dock? Spirits crave attention like seagulls crave handouts.
20:23 February 13, 2012 by BillyB
"One of the cabins where I go deer hunting is haunted"....No its not
20:56 February 13, 2012 by swedejane
1 in 5 swedes are from somewhere else...like, superstitious cultures.
21:00 February 13, 2012 by Tanskalainen
@BillyB Billy rhymes with silly.
21:13 February 13, 2012 by Vill
I keep seeing ghosts everywhere I go, but their sheets are black instead of white.
21:59 February 13, 2012 by wxman
That seems reasonable. I recently read that one in five ghosts believe in Swedes.
05:20 February 14, 2012 by TheWatchman
@David T

I lol'd

@swedejane

Not necessarily. I'm a man of Western culture and values, but I believe in ghosts and spirits...I just wrote that. It seems normal in my head, but when I write it out it seems strange, especially the spirit part.
08:00 February 14, 2012 by muscle
all the time i keep praying, oh god send me a hot chic ghost! :( never worked DAMNIT!
09:54 February 14, 2012 by jamesblish
A fairly low number compared to a lot of other countries. But if you add all the religious people in this country to the ghost number, it get a lot higher. They really should do that because it's all superstition.
20:13 February 14, 2012 by philster61
Have they actually "seen " any of these ghosts that they believe in?

Reminds me of that Swedish website that was part of the 90s crash... boo.com
12:55 February 15, 2012 by johnny1939
Too many ghosts in my life!!!!
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