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It is the largest Lutheran denomination in Europe and the second-largest in the world after the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, as well as the third-largest Protestant body in Europe after the Church of England and the Evangelical Church in Germany.
It is an open national church which, working with a democratic organisation and through the ministry of the church, covers the whole nation.
It is liturgically and theologically "high church", having retained priests, vestments, and the Mass during the Swedish Reformation.
The Church of Sweden is known for its liberal position in theological issues, particularly the question of homosexuality.
The Primate of the Church of Sweden is the Archbishop of Uppsala — currently Antje Jackelén, Sweden's first female archbishop.
Unlike other Protestant churches, including most Lutheran churches, the Church of Sweden and its offshoot the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland continue to maintain the historical episcopate.