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Two candidates progress to next stage of the Archbishop election

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Bishop Martin Modéus, Linköping, received the most votes in today’s election to Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. In second place was Bishop Johan Dalman, Strängnäs. As neither of them received more than 50% of the votes, a second round between the two of them will be held on 8 June.

Bishop Martin Modéus and Bishop Johan Dalman go through to a second round of the Archbishop election. Photos: Daniel Lönnbäck/Rickard L. Eriksson. Montage: Gustaf Hellsing.
Bishop Martin Modéus and Bishop Johan Dalman go through to a second round of the Archbishop election. Photos: Daniel Lönnbäck/Rickard L. Eriksson. Montage: Gustaf Hellsing.

The candidate who receives the most votes in the second round of the election will become the new Archbishop of the Church of Sweden in December.

Results of the Archbishop election 18 May
Bishop Martin Modéus, Linköping Diocese, 37.8 percent
Bishop Johan Dalman, Strängnäs Diocese, 28.7 percent
Bishop Mikael Mogren, Västerås Diocese, 15.3 percent
Bishop Karin Johannesson, Uppsala Diocese, 9 percent
Bishop Fredrik Modéus, Växjö Diocese, 9 percent

The figures are preliminary. The final result will be presented on the Church of Sweden’s website on 25 May, after which it can be appealed against for a period of one week.

Press contact
To get in touch with Bishop Martin Modéus, please contact press officer Katarina Sandström Blyme, tel.: +46 (0)705 18 21 29.
To get in touch with Bishop Johan Dalman, please contact press officer Marlene W Antonsson, tel.: +46 (0)152 234 70.

The following people can vote in the Archbishop election
The Archbishop is elected by members of the Central Board of the Church of Sweden and the members of the Diocesan Boards and the Chapters of the Church of Sweden’s 13 dioceses.

Since the Archbishop will also be the Bishop of Uppsala Diocese, the deacons and priests of Uppsala Diocese who hold a position in Uppsala Diocese are also eligible to vote, as are an equal number of electors who have been appointed by the parishes of the diocese. In order to ensure that Uppsala Diocese does not decide the election alone, these votes are divided by ten. A total of 876 people are eligible to vote in the 2022 Archbishop election.

The change of Archbishop takes place as follows
Archbishop Antje Jackelén will lay down her staff during a service at Uppsala Cathedral on 30 October. She will remain in the post up until that date.

The new Archbishop will be received at a service at Uppsala Cathedral on 4 December.

During the period between the laying down of the staff and the receiving of the new Archbishop, other bishops will manage the majority of the Archbishop’s duties. This is regulated by the Church of Sweden’s rules, the Church Ordinance, and concerns, among other things, the roles of Chair of the Central Board of the Church of Sweden and the Doctrinal Commission of the General Synod, and the fulfilment of the Archbishop’s role at the Bishops’ Conference.

The duties of the Archbishop in Uppsala Diocese are managed by the Bishop of Uppsala Diocese, apart from in the Chapter, where there is a designated deputy.

More information is available at www.svenskakyrkan.se/arkebiskopsval-2022

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Bishop Martin Modéus and Bishop Johan Dalman go through to a second round of the Archbishop election. Photos: Daniel Lönnbäck/Rickard L. Eriksson. Montage: Gustaf Hellsing.
Bishop Martin Modéus and Bishop Johan Dalman go through to a second round of the Archbishop election. Photos: Daniel Lönnbäck/Rickard L. Eriksson. Montage: Gustaf Hellsing.
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Martin Modéus. Photo: Daniel Lönnbäck.
Martin Modéus. Photo: Daniel Lönnbäck.
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Johan Dalman. Photo: Rickard L. Eriksson.
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