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 young people

An overview of all activities of Humanisterna:

  • informs about humanism as outlook of life,
  • 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.

Youth Activity
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.

Contact Humanisterna
Address: Box 162 41, 103 24 Stockholm, Sweden,
Tel: +46 8 508 622 90,

@Written by Mikael Ståldal and Andreas Palmqvist