Sweden Recognizes Scientology - 2000-03-15
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ The Church of Scientology on Wednesday hailed a decision upgrading its status in Sweden from nonprofit organization to religious community.
"We are delighted to have our name registered after 30 years in the country," said Tarja Vulto, Scientology spokeswoman in Sweden. "We have now the legal status we think we are entitled to. We have always claimed to be a religion and this is now confirmed."
The change of status came as part of a broader new law to separate the national Lutheran church from state control. The law says all churches that fulfill certain conditions will be considered religious communities with equal status.