Roma people are one of Sweden's national minorities. The Roma have had a hard time in Sweden. They have been persecuted and discriminated against and even today Roma are often treated badly. The first information about Roma people in Sweden is from the year 1512. At that time, the Roma came via Russia and Finland. Research and traditional stories suggest that they originally came from India or Egypt.


It has not been easy to be a Roma person in Sweden. It was not until 1959 that they received the legal right to permanent residence and the right to go to school. Before then, the Roma were not allowed to stay in the same place for more than three days, otherwise the police of the time would come and drive them away or imprison them. Between 1512 and 1959, the Swedish state worked actively to purge the Roma from Sweden.