Welcome! Below you will find links to our donation and scholarship committee and to our advertisement department. For questions and more information please contact us at washingtondc(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)swea.org
SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association Inc.), founded in Los Angeles 1979, is a global non-profit organization for Swedish speaking women who live or have lived abroad. SWEA is both a meeting point and a safety net with connections all over the world, making life abroad easier, providing support when arriving in a new place or when returning to the home land. SWEA’s objective is to protect the Swedish language and to support and inform about our culture and traditions. SWEA supports education through scholarships and various projects with a Swedish connection, and is the largest nonprofit organization outside Sweden promoting the Swedish language, culture and tradition.
SWEA Washington DC was founded on February 3, 2000 although an independent SVEA Washington DC had been in existence since 1981. The new organization became a chapter of SWEA International. This new chapter already had about 100 members. Today, we have around 200 members in the Washington DC area, and the Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Since the goals of SVEA DC and SWEA International were almost identical, we continued together to expand our already well developed network.
Every year, SWEA DC organizes a number of programs. We have several repeat events like the traditional pea soup dinner with a guest speaker in February or March and a crayfish party in September. SWEA also organizes lunch and evening get togethers, excursions, and educational trips. Over the years, the Embassy of Sweden has asked us to jointly organize many cultural events such as meeting Swedish authors, concerts, and exhibits. Sometimes we plan programs together with other Swedish-American or Scandinavian-American organizations in the area. There are many benefits to being located in Washington DC. Many well known and famous people from Sweden often stop by here when they travel and they are often quite willing to participate in SWEA functions.
Scholarships and Donations
SWEA gives out scholarship to individuals and donations to organizations that support Swedish culture in the area. For example, we have donated money to the Swedish Church to buy song books and money to the Swedish School for Children to purchase books. We also give out individual scholarships. The donations and scholarships are awarded during the early spring.
The Annual Christmas Bazaar
The SWEA Washington DC Holiday Bazaar is a popular event and kick starts the season on the first Saturday of December between the hours of 11a.m.-5p.m. each year. Talented artisans and vendors offer everything from gifts, crafts, textiles, books and homemade bread to Kosta Boda and Orrefors glassware, and our delicious Swedish smorgasbord including “gravlax” and “glögg” is certain to get you in the spirit of the season.