Background to the Coptic Orthodox Church in the Scandinvian Countries.
In the middle of year 1980, three Coptic families in Sweden contacted His Grace the departed Anba Samuil to request to take part in a Coptic liturgy as well as baptizing their children. His Grace was hindered to come but promised to forward their request to His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, so that he may send a priest to pray the liturgy and offer service once per month. In order to make this possible all Copts in Sweden had to gather and prepare everything required for a liturgy.
The three families began to call around and establish a congregation. In this way the first gathering for Copts in Sweden took place at one of the Egyptian’s restaurant. In August 1980 the Holy Synod gathered and decided to establish a Coptic congregation in Sweden. After several follow up meetings the by-laws of the congregations were formulated, in order to organize the work of the congregations and elected a board. Meanwhile, the board kept in contact with His Holiness Pope Shenouda III and His Grace Anba Samuil to inform regarding the developments.