SWEA Boston was founded in 1985 and has since then worked with the overall vision of spreading the Swedish culture and the Swedish language outside of Sweden.
We accomplish this by amongst other things donate to Swedish organisations and groups around New England. We also award scholarships to American women who wish to study or do a project in Sweden. The reason we are able to do this is because of our biggest event throughout the year, our Christmas fair Swedish Yuletide. This is the biggest Scandinavian fundraiser event in New England that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Beside the Christmas fair we also fill our year with events, both traditional Swedish and simpler gatherings. The more traditional events include amongst other our ski race Vasaloppet in February, Shrimp fest in March, Crayfish party in September and Pea soup and Punsch in October/November. Other programs we do are dinners at restaurants, professional events, visits to local museums, dinner night, movie night and so much more. All is available for our members. Read more about our events for members under Program.
Another membership perk is the possibility to join our Interest groups. We have a Breakfast club, a Book club, a Visiting group, the SWEA Choir and also different meeting groups for SWEA who live about further from Boston. You can read all about them under Intressegrupper.
SWEA Boston is a part of the region OAME, East America. We belong to the same region as the SWEA groups in Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach and Washington DC.
As a member of SWEA Boston you are also a member of our parent organization, SWEA International.
It was founded in Los Angeles in 1979 by Agneta Nilsson.
Today there are chapters of SWEA all around the world. We have approximately 7000 members in 70 chapter in about 30 countries on 5 continents. SWEA is the largest organisation outside of Sweden with the vision of promoting Sweden and Swedish. Since SWEA is represented in such a large part of the world it is also part of the emergency preparedness of the Swedish State Department.
You can read more about SWEA International on their webpage swea.org.