It all started with a desire for increased participation in European student cooperation. The initiative was taken by Hans Kristoffersson, then vice chairman of the University of Gothenburg's student union.
In March 1921, Sweden's then student unions gathered in Lund and formed a national organization for the Swedish students which was named the Swedish National Union of Students. Erik Johansson from Uppsala Student Union was appointed SFS's first chairman.
100 years later, SFS is an association of student unions at Swedish universities and colleges with about fifty member unions which together represent approximately 340 students. SFS is an important opinion-former in higher education policy and an important interlocutor for decision-makers on these issues.