The Swedish Humanist Association,
Humanisterna, was founded 1979 and has about 1000 members spread
all over the country with two local associations in Stockholm and
Gothenburg and a network of local representatives in all parts of
the country which is under development.
Our most important activities are the criticism of different religions
and of new-age phenomen and offering the humanist confirmation to
An overview of all activities
- informs about humanism as outlook
- examines and debates totalitarian
and racist ideologies, religious doctrines and traditions and
their consequences for individuals and society,
- arranges humanist confirmation
for young people,
- arranges humanist funerals,
- gives advices on non-religious
namegivings, marriages and partnerships ceremonies,
- publishes the quarterly magazine
'Humanisten' with information and debate on the humanist
outlook on life and a quarterly bulletin for the members HumanistInfo,
- gives annually awards -the
Ingemar Hedenius Prize- to a person who has made important
contributions to the development of humanism in Sweden. The price
has got its name from a famous professor in philosophy in Uppsala
in the middle of last century who started a broad debate on the
truth of religion.
The humanist confirmation is our biggest activity. For a couple of
years already it exists as an alternative to the Christian confirmation.
In 2002, 200 young people participated in our confirmation which
is arranged in the form of a week long summer camps. Our economic
situation and the lack of camp counsellors limits our ability to
offer these humanist confirmations.
The Swedish Book on Ceremonies
We have achieved the publication of a book 'Den svenska högtidsboken'
(The Swedish Book on Ceremonies; 709 pages) with poems and songs
for all types of non-religious ceremonies as well as advice how
to organise ceremonies for the four big events of human life. The
book has been sold in 40.000 copies.
Address: Box 162 41, 103 24 Stockholm, Sweden,
Tel: +46 8 508 622 90,
@Written by Mikael Ståldal
and Andreas Palmqvist
Involvement in IHEYO
Humanisterna is a full
member of IHEYO.
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