Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service

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Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service with Finnish war children during World War II
Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service museum exhibition

The Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service (Swedish: Riksförbundet Sveriges lottakårer, commonly known as Lottorna) is an auxiliary defence organization of the Swedish Home Guard, a part of the Swedish Armed Forces. It was created in 1924 inspired by the Finnish women's auxiliary organization, Lotta Svärd founded in 1920. The name comes from a poem by Johan Ludvig Runeberg, about a fictional woman named Lotta Svärd who took care of wounded soldiers during the Finnish War.

Heads[edit]

  • 1959–1966 – Ingrid Norlander
  • 1966–1974 – Louise Ulfhielm
  • 1974–1978 – Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister
  • 1978–1986 – Christine Malmström Barke
  • 1986–1994 – Marianne af Malmborg
  • 1994–2002 – Nini Engstrand
  • 2002–2008 – Elisabeth Falkemo
  • 2008–2014 – Annette Rihagen
  • 2014–present – Barbro Isaksson

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