Creating a union

How you found an association, you wonder? We have the answer to that in four simple steps!

 

1.

Compose your statues

The statues are the association’s ultimate framework and state how the association is organized. The statues shall contain the associations name and purpose, how decisions are made, its activity and financial years and how the annual meeting will be arranged.

2.

Convene an annual meeting and elect a board

A inaugural annual meeting is the first meeting where individuals are gathered to create the association. At this meeting, you accept the statutes and elect a board. A board must consist of at least three members and one of them shall be elected president. When the meeting is over, the minutes have been written, and at least two people have signed the minutes, the association has been founded and has become a legal person.

 

3.

Apply for a company registration number

To be able to apply for a bank account and have a safe and efficient business, it is good to have a company registration number. The application is sent to Skatteverket along with the minutes from the inaugural annual meeting and the statues. To apply for and receive a company registration number is free of charge.

4.

Apply for membership of SSCO

As a union within post-secondary higher education you can apply for membership of SSCO. As members, your students will get access to our student housing queue and as a union you get to be a part of setting the political agenda for a better student Stockholm, together with us. If you have a flag and/or a stand, you also have the opportunity to be a part of the Nobel celebrations and/or Walpurgis celebrations at Skansen each year. As a member union of SSCO you pay an annual membership fee based on how many members you have.

If you are an association at a public university you must first achieve student union status (kårstatus) to be able to apply for membership of SSCO.

Within higher education, there are two different types of student unions:

  1. A student union at a university or college.
  2. Other form of student unions: vocational colleges (Sw. yrkeshögskola), so called “folk colleges” (Sw. folkhögskola), etc.

If your student union falls under category one, it is subject to the student union regulation (Swedish only). In short, this means that each college and university in Sweden must have a student union which monitors the interests of that college or university’s students – regardless of whether the student is a member of the student union or not.

Learn more about this kind of student union here (Swedish only).

If your student union belongs in category two, it is governed by The Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (Sw. Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskolan) or to the Folk College Regulation (Sw. Folkskoleförordningen) (Swedish only).  However, these two say very little of the student unions’ role at that kind of education/college.