Svenska Dagbladet today has a story about a head teacher in Brškne-Hoby who wants to move the school’s end-of-term celebration from the local church to a non-religious venue.
These stories pop up at the end of each term here in Sweden and I’ll have to admit that I’m slightly surprised every time. The thing is that I cannot recall any end-of-term celebration in my primary or secondary school (in Gladsaxe, Denmark) having any religious links whatsoever and I don’t remember ever reading about holding school celebrations in churches. It may be a bit different for some private schools but I would say that this is a definite no-no in Denmark.
But the Swedes do it and with the separation of the Church of Sweden from the state, the relatively high number of people with a “non-Swedish” background and the general embrace of multiculturalism, taking whole schools to a lutheran church seems rather odd. Why has this tradition survived in Sweden?
The picture shows Buddinge Kirke, the local church which is just a couple of hundred metres from my old school.