- a Benefit of Membership in SWEA
SWEA, the global network for Swedish- speaking women who live, or have
lived abroad, is a unique organization.
SWEA is both a meeting place and a network with links
all over the world, which makes life abroad easier. SWEA offers support to
Swedish families when moving abroad or between countries, and assists when
they return to Sweden.
SWEA encourages personal and professional contacts and functions as a
network for members worldwide. Today we have over 8000 members in 77
chapters in 33 countries on five continents.
Events, including the Christmas Fairs not only allow
SWEA members to introduce Swedish culture but also make our traditions
known throughout the world. These events provide great public relations
for Sweden and is achieved by the efforts of the members and local
SWEA’s varied activities is a part of Sweden’s face abroad and
strengthens the ties to other countries. The importance of SWEA for the
Swedish industry and its work abroad is continually growing. SWEA is
cooperating with, among others, The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.
SWEA International, the hub of the organization,
selects a "Swedish Woman of the Year". Past recipients include Queen
Silvia of Sweden in recognition of her accomplishments within the World
Childhood Foundation, and Maria Nyström Reuterswärd for her work with the
American NASA. Two scholarships at the doctoral level are granted each
year, one for studies in Swedish Language, Literature and Area Studies,
and the other in Intercultural Relations. The awards are presented at the
annual summer dinner in Sweden, attended by members from all corners of
Many local chapters award their own scholarships and
support projects with Swedish connections, such as Swedish language
classes, Swedish churches, museums, as well as exhibits or performances of
SWEA members have many occasions to travel – every
autumn the seven regions have popular meetings, and every other year
members are encouraged to attend an international congress, held in a
different exciting location each year. All meetings offer seminars,
excursions and programs, arranged by the hosting chapter.
Each chapter has its own newsletter and nearly all have
a web page, which can be accessed through www.swea.org. SWEA
International’s magazine is published twice a year, and is distributed to
all members, as well as several companies, universities, and embassies.
Local chapters organize various programs, such as
lectures, field trips, and gatherings. Newcomers are well introduced and
often special morning meetings are arranged for member mothers with small
children. Book clubs, Christmas fairs, Lucia- and midsummer celebrations
etc. strengthens the network and the Swedish traditions.
SWEA members who contributed to services for the
organization receive a certificate of service.
For the women who return to Sweden there are six chapters welcoming
them with advice. Some find the move back home after many years abroad
somewhat difficult and it can be very helpful to meet others who have gone
through the same process.
Through SWEA, a life-, accident-, and medical insurance
is offered to all members and their families.
SWEA Bed & Breakfast is a popular service between
members. It demonstrates the broad and strong network this organization
At the 750th
anniversary of the City of Stockholm in June 2002, SWEA presented a life
size "Dala Horse" to the City at an official ceremony at the City Hall.
Siv Svensson, London, took office as the SWEA
International President on January 1, 2005.
Agneta Nilsson, "Swede of the Year 1995" founded the
organization in Los Angeles in 1979 and has been awarded a royal medal for
SWEA received the "Positive Sweden Prize" for "exceptional work in
strengthening the image of Sweden abroad".