RIO: Rörelsefolkhögskolornas Intresseorganisaiton

The Interest Organization for Popular Movement Folk High Schools

Ordinary Member

Gerhard Holmgren

Box 380 74

100 64 Stockholm, Sweden

Tel: (0046) 8 412 48 91

gerhard.holmgren (at)


Mission statement

RIO is the umbrella organization for the 108 Swedish folk high schools owned by civil society organizations. The mission of RIO is to promote and monitor the interests of the civil society folk high schools and through their activities contribute to the strengthening and development of democracy.

Main activities

RIO together with the umbrella organization the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) and the Swedish Adult Education Association (SAEA) form Folkbildningsrådet, the Swedish National Council of Adult Education.

In order to develop the international relations of the Swedish folk high schools, RIO and SKL together have formed a mission called FOLAC, Folkbildning - Learning for Active Citizenship.

RIO's main focus is to promote and work for the interests of the Swedish folk high schools owned by popular organizations.

RIO's long-term work is: to support activities that contribute to strengthening an developing democracy to contribute to making it possible for people to influence their life situation and create participative involvement in societal development to contribute to leveling educational gaps and raising the level of education and cultural awareness in society, and to contribute to broadening the interest for and increase participation in cultural life.

International projects

OED - Outreach, Empowerment, Diversity, 2012-2014, network together with EAEA and 15 other organizations

Folk high schools as centers for global transition, 2012-2014, together with 12 Nordic organizations

AE-PRO European Adult Education (Young) Professionals Learning Platform, 2014-2016, together with 8 partners


"Folkhögskolor i rörelse" 2013. RIO´s activities during 50 years. Book in Swedish