The Swedish National Union of Students (SFS) was founded in 1921 and is the collective student voice in Sweden. SFS organises 47 student unions at universities and places of higher education throughout Sweden. Together these represent approximately 275 000 students and Phd-students. SFS' main task is to represent and promote the members' interests in education, research and student welfare issues at the national level. Through its participation in the European Students' Union (ESU) SFS also represents its members and Swedish students in the international arena.
SFS is organised according to democratic principles. SFS general assembly (SFS fullmäktige) is the highest decision-making body where all the member unions are represented. SFS' general assembly is held each year and it is where the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and the board for the organisation is elected. SFS also has a secretariat consisting of nine staff members to assist the elected representatives.