Swedish National Union of Students

Swedish National Union of Students

The Swedish National Union of Students ("Sveriges Förenade Studentkårer", SFS), is an umbrella organisation of students' unions at higher education facilities in Sweden. The organisation was founded in 1921. It has around 64 affiliated students' unions, gathering around 270,000 students (2007).

The large number of organised students can in part be explained by the fact that membership in the official local students' union is mandatory for students at universities and university colleges in Sweden. The local students' union is, however, free to decide whether to join the National Union of Students or not. Although a majority of the students' unions are members, some have opted to stay out, including several organising business, law and medicine students. Occasionally, affiliated unions choose to leave the organisation, but sometimes rejoin at a later date, a pattern followed by both the Stockholm University Students' Union and the Uppsala Student Union. The latest case of a large local students' union withdrawing from the Swedish National Union of Students is The Stockholm University Students' Union, in 2005.

The organisation works to represent the interest of its members on a national level, towards the Government, the Swedish Parliament, the political parties and the government agencies concerned with higher education. The organisation is also active on the international arena, particularly within the National Unions of Students in Europe, ESIB.

At the annual national conference representatives from the member students' unions meet to decide on the policy framework of the organisation and to elect a national board. The board has 19 members, including the President and two or three Vice Presidents. The President and the Vice Presidents work full time at the head office in Stockholm during their term.

Several former student politicians in Sweden have moved on to high-level national party politics. One of them was Olof Palme, who served as President of the Swedish National Union of Students in 1953.

Recent Presidents and Vice Presidents

2008-2009Moa Neuman; Henric Denzler, Stefan Björk
2007-2008Elin Rosenberg; Pelle Rödin, Anna Petersson
2006-2007Elin Rosenberg; Pelle Rödin, Esbjörn Hyltefors
2005-2006Niclas Sigholm; Maria Noleryd, Kristoffer Burstedt, Lotta Ljungquist
2004-2005Tobias Smedberg; Nina Gustafsson Åberg, Kristoffer Burstedt, Lotta Ljungquist
2003-2004Ignacio Vita; Karin Björklund, Anna Karlsson, Per-Anders Strandberg
2002-2003Sofia 'Fia' Karlsson; Jens Christian Berlin, Erik Bromander, Jimmy Magnusson
2001-2002Peter Dahlgren; Johan Almqvist, Anna Lasses
2000-2001Kathrin Österlund; Sara Stavås, Martin Willén
1999-2000Peter Arvebro; Maria Jonegård, Johan Mårtensson
1998-1999Claes Nyberg; Magnus Mörck, Helena Söderlind
1997-1998Veronika Rundkvist; Helena Kaså, Sara Winnfors (now Bjursell)

ee also

* Nations at Swedish universities

External links

* [http://www.sfs.se/ Swedish National Union of Students] - Official site

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