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Antje Jackelén
Archbishop Emerita of Uppsala
Primate Emerita of Sweden
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Jackelén in 2013
ChurchChurch of Sweden
Elected15 October 2013
Installed15 June 2014
PredecessorAnders Wejryd
SuccessorMartin Modéus
by Lars Carlzon
Consecration15 April 2007
by Anders Wejryd
Personal details
Birth nameAntje Zöllner
Born (1955-06-04) 4 June 1955 (age 69)
Herdecke, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
SpouseHeinz Jackelén - 1979
Previous post(s)Bishop of Lund (2007–2014)
Alma mater
MottoGud är större ("God is greater") [1][2]
Coat of armsAntje Jackelén ärkebiskopsvapen

Antje Jackelén, born 4 June 1955 in Herdecke, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany, is a Swedish Lutheran. In mid June 2014, she became its first female archbishop of the Church of Sweden. She was appointed in October 2013.[3]

On 7 December 2021, the Church of Sweden announced that she would retire.[4][5] She laid down her bishop's staff during a church service inside the Uppsala Cathedral on 30 October 2022.[6]


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  1. 1 John 3.18–20
  2. Church of Sweden: Bishop Antje Jackelén's motto – God is greater Archived 13 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Antje Jackelén becomes Sweden's first female archbishop after historic Church election (English). Radio Sweden (16 October 2013). Retrieved on 21 June 2020.
  4. Mikael Stjernberg (7 December 2021). Ärkebiskop Antje lägger ner staven hösten 2022 (Swedish). Church of Sweden. Retrieved on 7 December 2021.
  5. Ärkebiskop Antje Jackelén går i pension (Swedish). SVT Uppsala (7 December 2021). Retrieved on 7 December 2021.
  6. Ärkebiskopen går i pension (Swedish). SVT Uppsala (30 October 2022). Retrieved on 30 October 2022.
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