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. There are nearly 270 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 associations organize activities according to the needs and wishes of their members. The most popular activities are theatre and dance. The associations are also active in developing their local communities and in contacts with youth organizations in the other Nordic countries.

Youth societies are supported by the Finnish-Swedish Youth Association with its 4 district organisations.

Finlands Svenska Ungdomsförbund FSU r.f.

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 the member associations every kind of service;
• Information about youth work
• Service concerning amateurtheatre
• Proposals of project activities
• Observe the economic support of government authorities and other important issues valid to activities for the members and young people
• Help the members to restore and keep the buildings of the local associations in shape

Among all the activities, theatre has become the most popular. FSU supports the theatre groups (about 100) 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.

The members (districtorganizations) are:
• Nylands Svenska Ungdomsförbund r.f.NSU - 108 youthassociations
• Svenska Österbottens Ungdomsförbund SÖU r.f.- 106 youthassociations
• Åbolands Ungdomsförbund ÅUF r.f. - 31 youthassociations
• Ålands Ungdomsförbund r.f. ÅUF - 21 youthassociations

Total number of individual members: almost 50 000 persons.