The Swedish Rite is a variation of Freemasonry that is worked in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. A slight variation is common in parts of Germany under the Große Landesloge der Freimaurer von Deutschland. Also other craft masonic bodies are working in the nordic countries (see further under freemasonry in Sweden and freemasonry in Denmark). However only one Grand Lodge in each country is working the Swedish Rite, each of which governs its own jurisdiction.
The Rite is divided into three divisions: St. John’s (Craft) degrees (I–III), St. Andrew’s (Scottish) degrees (IV–VI) and the Chapter degrees (VII–X). In addition one may attain the XIth degree, although only a very few gain this. Progression from one degree to the next is not automatic. A brother not only has to be in regular attendance, but also has to show that he has a certain proficiency and knowledge of Freemasonry.
- St. John’s degrees (= Blue Lodge / Craft Lodge)
- I Apprentice
- II Fellow Craft
- III Master Mason
- St. Andrew’s degrees
- IV/V Apprentice and Companion of St. Andrew (one degree)
- VI Master of St. Andrew
- Chapter degrees
- VII Very Illustrious Brother, Knight of the East
- VIII Most Illustrious Brother, Knight of the West
- IX Enlightened Brother of St. John’s Lodge
- X Very Enlightened Brother of St. Andrew’s Lodge
- Grand Council honorary degree
- XI Most Enlightened Brother, Knight Commander of the Red Cross