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Swedish folkbildning is the collective name for the activities conducted by the country’s folk high schools and study associations in the form of courses, study circles and cultural activities. Folkbildning is a part of the liberal non-formal educational system. Every year, several million Swedes participate in folkbildning activities.

The Swedish term folkbildning refers to the folk high schools and the study associations, i. e. the organisations that constitute the liberal non-formal and voluntary educational system in Sweden.

The term ’folkbildning’ is difficult to translate into English. It is sometimes translated asliberal or popular adult education. However the specific conceptual foundation of ´folkbildning´ extends beyond the term ’adult education’, which is why ’folkbildning’ is used in this text as-is.
(Sw. Folkbildning: Sw. ’folk’ means ’people’, Sw. ’bildning’ means ’enlightenment’)

You can read more about folkbildning in Sweden in the document.

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