Welcome to the finnish-swedish youth association movement!
The finnish-swedish youth associations are nonpolitical organizations that provide cultural and other activities for young people.
Youth association movement
There are about 300 finnish-swedish local youth associations in Finland, with almost 50,000 individual members. The finnish-swedish youth association movement was founded in 1888 and the first youth association, Malax UF, was founded by Johannes Klockars.
The Finnish-Swedish Youth Association was established as a nonpolitical, national youth association in 1906 to advance the interests of the finnish-swedish (swedish speaking people in Finland) youth associations.
Today the main mission is to give young people and the member associations a wide variety of concrete services:
- Information about youth work and funding
- Services in the field of amateur theatre
- Project activities
- Advocate for the economic support of voluntary youth associations by government authorities and other important issues related to swedish-speaking youths in Finland
- Help the members to restore and keep the buildings of the local associations in shape
The members (districtorganizations) are:
- Nylands Svenska Ungdomsförbund NSU r.f.
- Svenska Österbottens Ungdomsförbund SÖU r.f.
- Åbolands Ungdomsförbund ÅUF r.f.
- Ålands Ungdomsförbund ÅLUF r.f.
Total number of individual members: almost 50 000 persons.
Among all the various activities, theatre has become one of the most popular. FSU supports local theatre groups (about 80) with information, plays and copyrights among other things.
FSU wants young people to have a chance to lead active lives, get in contact with youth in other countries and to create knowledge about cooperation between organizations.