Sweden’s path towards gender parity is mirrored across Scandinavia with around equal numbers of men and women serving in the clergy in the Church of Denmark.
Church of Sweden has more female priests than males for the first time in its history.
According to the latest figures, there are now 1,533 women and 1,527 men serving as priests at the Lutheran institution, which was the official Swedish state church until 2000.
Its archbishop and several bishops are also women – a sign of the significant steps forward gender equality has taken in Sweden since women were first allowed to be ordained in 1960.
Sweden was ranked at the top of the European Institute for Gender Equality index for EU countries last year.
It received a score of 83.6 compared to an average of 67.4 for the European Union as a whole.