Swedish Women's Educational Association

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The Swedish Women's Educational Association, referred to as SWEA but officially designated SWEA International, Inc., is a global non-profit organization and a network for Swedish and Swedish-speaking women who reside or have resided outside of Sweden.[1]

SWEA is represented in many locations throughout the world and plays a major role in the Swedish State Department's emergency management plan.

SWEA is a politically and religiously independent organization.


SWEA International is the largest non-profit organization promoting Sweden outside of Sweden with the goal of promoting the Swedish language and spreading Swedish culture and tradition.[2]

Each year, SWEA International awards three scholarships of US$10,000 each:

  • The Scholarship for Research Related to the Swedish Language, Literature, and Society[3]
  • The Agneta and Gunnar Nilsson Scholarship for the Study of Intercultural Relations[4]
  • The Sigrid Paskell Scholarship in the Performing Arts[5]

In addition, SWEA International selects a Swedish Woman of the Year[6] annually.

Locally, SWEA International's chapters make donations and present scholarships that total about 2 million Swedish kronor (US$250,000) per year.[7]

SWEA International provides members with support as they relocate and move between countries, as well as welcoming and supporting members when they return to Sweden.

SWEA International has approximately 7,000 women members in approximately 70 local chapters[8] in about 30 countries on five continents.[9]

SWEA International's chairman since 2016 is Christina Hallmert.


In 1979, SWEA International was founded in Los Angeles by Agneta Nilsson. Princess Christina Mrs. Magnuson is the association's honorary president.[10]

Swedish Woman of the Year[edit]

Since 1989, SWEA International has selected a Swedish Woman of the Year (abbreviated ÅSK, for Årets Svenska Kvinna) annually. The recipient is announced during SWEA's annual meeting each spring and is recognized during the annual "Sweden dinner" organized each summer by one of the chapters located in Sweden. The recipient must be a Swedish woman who, through her accomplishments, has represented and brought attention to the Sweden of today in the greater world.

The following women have been recognized as Swedish Woman of the Year:[11]


  1. ^ Barkan, Elliott Robert (2013). Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation, and Integration. ABC-CLIO. pp. 1325–. ISBN 978-1-59884-219-7.
  2. ^ "SWEA in a Nutshell". SWEA International, Inc. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  3. ^ "The Scholarship for Research Related to the Swedish Language, Literature, and Society (Stipendiet för forskning i svenska språket, litteraturen och samhället)". litstip.swea.org (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  4. ^ "SWEA International's Agneta and Gunnar Nilsson Scholarship for the Study of Intercultural Relations (Agneta och Gunnar Nilsson stipendium för studier av interkulturella relationer)". interkult.swea.org (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  5. ^ "SWEA International's Sigrid Paskell Scholarship in the Performing Arts (Sigrid Paskell stipendium inom scenkonsterna)". paskell.swea.org (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  6. ^ "SWEA International's Swedish Woman of the Year (Årets Svenska Kvinna (ÅSK))". ask.swea.org. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  7. ^ "SWEA International -- Donations". donationer.swea.org (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  8. ^ "Chapters within SWEA International (Avdelningar inom SWEA International)". SWEA International, Inc. (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  9. ^ "SWEA International on the map (SWEA på kartan)". SWEA International, Inc. (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  10. ^ "History of SWEA (SWEAs Historia)". SWEA International, Inc. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Swedish Woman of the Year recipients through the years (ÅSK mottagare genom åren - Årets Svenska Kvinna (ÅSK))". Årets Svenska Kvinna (ÅSK) (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-22.

External links[edit]

  • SWEA, SWEA International's website