An Independent Forum for Speech and Debate since 1905

Studentafton (lit. Student Evening) is Scandinavia’s leading politically and religiously independent forum for speech and debate. The student body organization, Studentaf­ton, was founded in 1905 at the prominent Academic Society at Lund University in Swe­den with the purpose of honoring freedom of speech.

The Academic Society was established in 1830 and has ever since enriched, the already diverse, Lund with various cultural and social events. These consist of everything from theatrical performances to political debates, and are not exclusively for students at Lund University but open to the public, thus enabling everyone who wishes to attend to freely do so. The university, which was founded in 1666 by King Carl XI of Sweden, is one of Europe’s most prestigious and Scandinavia’s largest with more than 45 000 students.

In the midst of all this is Studentafton; an eminent tradition which over the years has been host to a wide range of interesting people from all over the world. The diversity of guests has resulted in multifaceted Studentaftons; everything from concerts to debates have taken place in our 19th century halls, where people have gathered for over a century to honor the tradition of sustaining freedom of speech.


Among our distinguished guests over the years are:
Dag Hammarskjöld, Albert Schweitzer, Mahalia Jackson, Ingmar Bergman, Duke Ellington, Miriam Makeba, Richard Lester, Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Seale, Ella Fitzgerald, Olof Palme, Frank Zappa, Henry Kissinger, Louis Armstrong, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Charles, John le Carré, Georg Henrik von Wright, Pink Floyd, Pierre Balmain, Günter Grass, Roger Vadim, Sir Joseph Rotblat, Sir George Martin, Max von Sydow, Malin Åkerman, Depeche Mode, Carl Bildt, Barbara Hendricks, Martti Ahtisaari, Sir David Attenborough, Hans Blix, Shazia Mirza, Linus Pauling, Bertrand Russell, Jan Eliasson, Margot Wallström, Anton Corbijn, Tarja Halonen, F W de Klerk, Prince El-Hassan bin Talaal, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Will Ferrell, and many more.

Please view our record of events since 1905.

Oberoende forum för samtal och debatt sedan 1905