Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Sweden

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Ukrainians in Sweden

Ukrainians in Sweden 

The first Ukrainian political immigration to Sweden followed the events of 1700-1721 Great Northern War. Those were the Cossacks, led by Hetman Pylyp Orlyk, who arrived to Sweden in 1715. He lived in the Swedish city of Kristianstad, where modern memorial plaque honouring his stay reminds us of those times. 

The next wave of Ukrainian immigrants arrived to Sweden in the second half of XIX-early XX century. Those were predominantly women from Galicia, the area that then belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Most of those women returned to their native lands, but some assimilated into the Swedish society.

Significant number of Ukrainians happened to move to Sweden at the beginning of the Second World War. During 1939-1940 Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union, many Ukrainians were imprisoned in Finland. In those times, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) founded its organization in Helsinki. Bogdan Kentryzhynskyy became its chairman. The organization activities were focused at providing assistance to Ukrainian prisoners with the simultaneous advocacy and information work. 

The new immigrant wave to Sweden was in late years of the Second World War. Then, the approximate number of people of the Ukrainian origin in Sweden was about 2.500. Later some of them moved to the United States, Canada and other countries.

In 1947, the Ukrainian community in Sweden was established in Stockholm. On 6 January 1948, in the city of Flysta, greater Stockholm area, the community held its first general meeting and the first congress of Ukrainians. The name and the charter were approved in the course of the meeting. V.Fedorchuk (1948-1951) was elected the first chairman. Later, the following chairmen of the community were elected:  V.Butko (1952), K.Harbar (1953-1978), B.Zaluha (1979-1992, 1994-1998), P.Basarab-Horvat (1992-1994, 1998-1999), I.Sushelnytska (1999-2006), and since April 2006 -  L.Koval.

Since its early days, the Ukrainian community in Sweden continues to carry out information and educational activities. Since 1954, throught many decades, the Ukrainian community published "Scandinavian News" - newsletter covering European and Swedish news about Ukraine, its culture and history, in both Ukrainian and Swedish languages. It circulated 1-3 times a year, but discontinued its work due to the lack of funding.

In 1950's, the Ukrainian Information Center under the leadership of Bogdan Kentrzhynskyy was established in Stockholm. Due to its activities, Ukrainian community in Sweden became very proactive. Ukrainian students were united in Ukrainian Academic Club. Exilestudents Central Organization in Scandinavia was established as international refugee union. Student organizations of the Baltic States, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary were among its members. 

Several representative offices and organizations established by nationalist and emigree communities were present in Sweden, i.e., the Union of the Liberation of Ukraine (chairman O.Nazaruk), Ukrainian Information Bureau (established in 1916, chairmen V.Stepankivskyy, M.Zaliznyak).

Community organizations of Ukrainians in Sweden 

Ukrainian Community of Sweden (Українська Громада Швеції/ Ukrainska Sällskapet i Sverige)

Org.No: 802411-3733

Post-Girot 259380-4

Acting Chairman: Yaroslav Kaspriv

Tel.: +46 762672834

E-mail: staromyr@gmail.com 


Ukrainian Women's Association in Sweden (Українська Жіноча Організація в Швеції/Ukrainska Kvinnoföreningen i Sverige)

Org.No: 802412-1801

Chairwoman: Zoryana Kiktsö

Tel.: +46 739751715

E-mail: ukfs.info@gmail.com

Facebook profile page: Ukrainska Kvinnoföreningen i Sverigе Українська Жіноча Організація в Швеції


Ukrainian-Swedish Cultural Union (Українсько-шведська культурна спілка/Ukrainsk-Svensk Kulturförening)

Branteviksgatan 4, 21441 Malmö

Org.No: 846502-4746

Chairwoman: Katherina Andersson 

Tel.: +46 708274449

E-mail: katherinaandersson@hotmail.com, domivka@hotmail.com 

Facebook profile page: Українці в Мальмо/Швеція


Ukrainian Youth of Sweden (Українська молодь Швеції/ Unga Ukrainare i Sverige) 

Armegatan 32 a lgh 1721

17171 Solna

Org.No: 802487-7584

Chairman: Maksym Hirnyk

E-mail: ungaukraineisverige@gmail.com

Facebook profile page: Unga Ukrainare i Sverige 

Web-page: http://ungaukrainare.se/

Assistance to Ukrainians in Stockholm (free of charge): dopomoga.uus@gmail.com


Swedish Cossacks (Шведські козаки/ Svenska kosacker)

IF "Svenska kosacker" 

c/o "Sergnes AB"

Lutzengatan 9, 115 20 


Chairman: Alexander Erikson 

Tel.: +46 762882039

E-mail: kozak.se@gmail.com 

Web-page: www.svenskakosacker.se 


Active Ukrainians in Europe (Активні українці в Європі)

Chairwoman: Yulia Oleksandriv 

E-mail: info@activeukrainians.eu 

Web-page: www.activeukrainians.eu 


Ukrainian Alliance of Sweden (Український Альянс Швеції/ Ukrainska Alliansen i Sverige)  

Hyltegården 63

436 34 Askim 

Org.No: 802448-2534

Plusgiro: 5 10 39-6 

Chairwoman: Tetyana Rep

Tel.: +46 737310094

E-mail: uais@live.se 

Web-page: http://www.ruslana.se 


Ukrainian Institute of Sweden (Український інститут у Швеції/ Ukrainska Institutet i Sverige)

Org.No: 802487-3690

Director: Natalya Pasichnyk

E-mail: contact@ukrainskainstitutet.se 

Web-page: http://ukrainskainstitutet.se/ 

Facebook profile page: Ukrainska Institutet i Sverige

Twitter: @UkrInstitutet


Ukrainian community in Göteborg (Українська громада у м.Гетеборг/Ukrainska sällskapet i Göteborg)

Org.No: 802439-9811

Chairwoman: Anna Liebel

E-mail: ukrainare.goteborg@gmail.com 

Web-page: http://ukrainians.se 

Facebook profile page: Ukrainska sällskapet i Göteborg 


VATRA-Ukrainian Association in Sweden (ВАТРА - Українська Асоціація у Швеції / VATRA - Ukrainska Riksförbundet i Sverige)

Branteviksgatan 4, 

21441 Malmö

Org.No: 802494-0879

Chairwoman: Nadia Bezkorovayna

Tel.: +46 708120181, +46 708356682

E-mail: vatra@mail.com 

Web-page: www.vatra.se 

Facebook profile page: @www.vatra.se 


International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of Lviv Polytechnic National University  

International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of Lviv Polytechnic National University www.miok.lviv.ua  has four priority dimensions in education, immigration, cultural issues and cooperation with diaspora.

Its education and Ukrainian studies activities are conducted within the framework of the study project “Step to Ukraine” www.krok.miok.lviv.ua , which was launched to meet urgent needs of Ukrainian centers across the globe in providing modern, high-quaility teaching of Ukrainian language as a foreign one. 

Main ways of implementation:

research in teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language as well as functioning of the Ukrainian language outside of Ukraine;

drafting of textbooks and manuals of the Ukrainian language as a foreign one and providing  the educational portal "Step to Ukraine" with relevant teaching materials;

drafting of study programs and guidance of Ukrainian language courses;

holding of language schools with intensive courses of Ukrainian;

holding of the conference “Ukrainian language in the world” for specialists in linguistics and teachers;

holding of round tables and educational seminars for teachers of Ukrainian;

close cooperation with Ukrainian study centers in Ukraine and abroad.

Institute's activities in the context of migration are carried out within the project “Towards New Wave”. Its main concept is to facilitate cooperation between Ukraine and émigré. 

Main ways of implementing migration related programs:

scientific research, scientific and methodical seminars on migration, its causes, effects and effectiveness of migration policy in modern conditions, and monitoring of analytical  materials on migration issues in a global context;

holding of projects, contests on migration issues, as well as NGO presentations on issues of Ukrainian labor migrants, national and international institutions;

holding of scientific and practical conferences, round tables, which decisions are further applied as the basis for the development of Ukraine's migration policy;

participation in parliamentary and committee hearings on migration, drafting of laws, regional and national programs of cooperation with migrants;

close cooperation with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, international organizations and research institutions in Ukraine and abroad, in particular those of the migration-oriented activities. 

While implementing cultural dimension of its activities, Institute aims to achieve a new level in presenting and integrating cultural achievements of the Diaspora  in the modern social and cultural, media environment of Ukraine, as well as to open prominent  figures of the Diaspora to the Ukrainian public, in particular, in the sphere of culture and arts, Ukrainian language promotion, history and culture in Ukraine and abroad.

Institute cooperates with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine, Ukrainian World Congress, European Congress of Ukrainians, World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations, many state agencies in Ukraine and Ukrainian communities in the world.

International Ukrainian School 

International Ukrainian School (IUS) was established by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. It provides for comprehensive education and is aimed to ensure the constitutional right of citizens of Ukraine to comprehensive secondary education. Such citizens of Ukraine are those, whose parents are temporarily abroad (hereinafter - citizens), and children whose parents have citizenship of other states (hereinafter - foreigners).

IUS main objectives are: 

  • ensuring the right to accessible and comprehensive general secondary education;
  • education of citizen of Ukraine;
  • providing opportunities for citizens and foreigners in obtaining quality comprehensive secondary education according to their personal needs, individual abilities, health conditions, talents, etc. Wide use of new information and communication technologies is applied in distance learning;
  • development of abilities and talents of students, the formation of their scientific outlook on nature, humanity and society, preparation for students' future professional self-determination;
  • education of respect to the family, respect for national traditions and customs, state and native language, national values of the Ukrainian people and other nations; formation and development of socially mature creative personality with a sense of national consciousness; respect for the human rights and freedoms as well as citizen responsibility before the law; conscious attitude to their own health and that of others as the highest social value;
  • coordination of cooperation with foreign schools where Ukrainian language is taught; organization of information and methodical, consultative and analytical support;
  • providing methodological assistance and information to Sunday schools, where Ukrainian language, traditions, customs and culture are taught;
  • providing assistance and necessary advice to teachers who teach citizens of Ukraine residing or temporarily staying abroad.

IUS study process

The main document regulating the educational process at the IUS is the working curriculum, based on standard curricula adapted to distance learning and approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The working curriculum also includes scheduled consultations and examinations.

Teaching process at IUS includes the development of individual training plans in accordance with students' abilities and needs. Usually, studies are carried out  externally, in the form of distance learning and with the wide use of new information and communication technologies, via block assignments, videos and lectures, workshops, consultations and final examinations.

Training, consultations, assessment of students' achievements can be done either permanently within the framework of the IUS or on-line (if necessary, when approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine in another state).

Admission to IUS

Admission is performed on general basis and in accordance with the rules  approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

IUS classes are formed on the basis of population density ratios and according to the number of applications and sanitary conditions for the educational process in agreement signed with the founder.

Enrollment of students  is based on the decision by the Admission Board and of the respective decrees by the Director, issued on the basis of personal application (for minors - the application of parents or persons substituting them).

Studies and assessment of students' performance 

The content, scope and nature of homework is determined  by the teacher and in accordance with sanitary and educational requirements based on individual characteristics of students.

IUS carries out current and final assessments of student achievements in accordance with the criteria approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Students of 4th, 9th, 11th (12th) grades upon the completion of their studies receive the state final certification. Content and form strands of the state final certification in IUS is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Students enrolled in distance learning through external studies of the state are not subject to exempt to the final certification.

The state final examination is held, usually in Ukraine. Its terms are determined and approved by the founder.

Relevant document (report card, certificate) is presented upon the completion of studies. 

Students who have not completed their study program or those who have not mastered the study material, are subject to the continuation of their studies upon relevant updates to their individual curriculum is conducted.

IUS cooperates with Saturday and Sunday study centers in Austria, Belgium, Greece, italy, Spain, Moldova, Portugal, France, Czech Republic and 5-day school in Turkey.

Further information may be found at IUS official page: ukrintschool.org.ua or by the phone number: +38 044 253 85 58, hot-line: +35 050 344-00-44.


Ukrainian religious service in Sweden 

Information about Ukrainian religious service in Sweden: https://sites.google.com/site/ukrainskacerkvashvecja/home

f. Miroslaw Kostiw
Sandgatan 1 H
331 34 VÄRNAMO
Tel.: + 46735797249