IOGT-NTO was formed in 1970, through the merger of the Swedish chapter of IOGT with Nationaltemplarorden (NTO), a Christian Swedish temperance organization.
IOGT was established in Sweden in 1879, when the first local chapter was started in Klippan, and was then called Godtemplarorden. In 1888, a group of people left Godtemplarorden to form another temperance order, Nationalgodtemplarorden. The latter group was merged with the Templarorden, a Swedish branch of the American organisation Templars of Temperance, in 1922, to form the NTO.
IOGT-NTO works to promote total abstinence from alcohol among its members and in society. The organisation also offers a variety of study circles in various subjects, which are open to non-members.
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