Welcome to Wermlands Nation
”Wermlands Nation” is a student club at the University of Linköping. Nations exist at many Universities in the Nordic countries, and they traditionally organize students according to province, county or other geographic regions. Today, the Nations welcome any student regardless of origin, but our traditions are often influenced by the respective region.
Wermlands Nation is named after the Swedish provinces of Värmland and Dalsland (see below for more information). Our parties and activities often have a touch of Värmland, which can be experienced in the form of songs, poems, food, symbols, etc.
Note that all Nations in Linköping are non-profit organizations without any financial support from the student unions or the university.
This page will give you an overview of Wermlands Nation. Most event pages on this web site also have an English version following the Swedish text, but some pages are in Swedish only.
The current situation (2017)
For the academic year of 2016/17, the board of the nation consisted of older alumni people (former students and nation members), due to a lack of interest among younger students to become active. Even though we organized many fun activities during the spring smester of 2017, we couldn’t find any students willing to form a new board for the academic year 2017/18.
Therefore, the nation currently (August 2017) have a temporary board that will not organize any events of our own for the autumn of 2017. However, we will be invited to join the activities of Västgöta Nation, which hopefully will spark interest in keeping Wermlands Nation running as well. We will have a meeting during October 2017, where the future of the nation will be decided. If there still is no interest among students to form a board, we will probably have to close down the nation…
Despite this, we do encourage you to join Wermlands Nation, to see what ”nation life” is all about at Linköping university.
Joining Wermlands Nation
Why should you join Wermlands Nation as an exchange student or similar? You will meet students who study different programmes and courses, and you’ll get that unique touch of one of Sweden’s nicest provinces.
Please note that most of our activities, presentations, etc. will be in Swedish. Even though nearly all Swedish people speak English, you cannot expect everything to be translated for you. But, we will send information by email in English to our non-Swedish members since we always welcome international guests to our activities.
You apply for membership, pay the fee (only SEK 20 for LiU students), and then you’re part of our community. If you understand Swedish, you can find more information about the membership on the page [Bli medlem]. To become a member, fill in the English web application form. Otherwise, send us an e-mail and we will get back to you.
More about the Nation
Wermlands Nation was founded in 1985, and we have been active for more than 30 years! We have always been one of the most active Nations at Linköping University, and our activities have ranged from big parties to smaller events: dinners, wine tasting, pub evenings, excursions, sports, attending plays and movies, board or card game evenings, presentations of Värmland companies, etc.
During the spring of 2017, we organized Nationskampen, a ”battle” between the nations of Wermlands and Västgöta to determine which nation is the ”best” one. ”Nationskampen” consisted of five different events, and Wermlands Nation won the battle with 3-2! So we’re officially the ”best” nation in Linköping
We also have a lot of interchange activities with other student Nations at the universities in Uppsala, Lund, Helsinki, Oslo and Copenhagen. This is a long tradition that we are proud of, and it’s very fun and informing. We are invited to their major events and we invite them to ours.
More about Värmland and Dalsland
The provinces of Värmland and Dalsland are located in the west of Sweden, at the great lake of Vänern. For an English explanation of Sweden’s provinces and a map, take a look at the Wikipedia article ”Provinces of Sweden”.
Our two provinces are rich in forests, lakes, rivers, streams and canals. The landscape is scenic and large parts are rural areas. The biggest city is Karlstad (”Charlestown”) with nearly 90,000 people and it’s own university.
Värmland is famous for its friendly, rural dialect and a great tradition of storytelling, including the works of Nobel prize-winning author Selma Lagerlöf, and poet Gustaf Fröding. The genuine inhabitants are also known for telling tall tales.
Other world-famous Swedes from Värmland are race driver Kenny Bräck, founder of Ericsson Lars Magnus Ericsson, inventor John Ericsson, football trainer Sven-Göran Eriksson, Olympic high jump champion Stefan Holm, and actress and singer Zarah Leander.
Some famous companies and products from Värmland are the crisp bread maker Wasabröd, the potato chip maker OLW, and the coffee Löfbergs Lila. In the area of sports you can find the hockey team Färjestad, the bandy team Boltic, the football team Degerfors IF and a great number of successful rally drivers.