This is not genealogy - it is Swedish culture
The connection to most emigrant farmers and craftsmen is very weak
I could go on for hours.....
So now is the time to move to the next mail
It is, however, about an integral part of Swedish traditions. In the first
100 years it was revered only by students and the academic world but in the
last 50 years everyone knows about it and most appreciate it.
The traditional concert on May 1 is televised on prime time every year
The setting i a "studentsångar" choir always has 4 parts - all male
1st and 2nd Tenor
1st and 2nd Bass
any number from 10 to 100 people.
The basic (original) repertoire is fairly specific and connects to
nationalism and university student life.
Haeffner started the tradition in Uppsala around 1815 but within a few
decades there were "studentsångföreningar" ("studentsång" societies)
of the other universities in the Nordic countries.
The most typical occasion for public "studentsång" are the concerts at all
universities in the afternoons of April 30 and May 1.
A selection of well-known and much loved songs with this setting praise the
arrival of spring and the awakening of nature after the long winter.
A few examples (First lines, not necessarily = title)
"Vintern rasat ut bland våra fjällar" (Winter is gone from our hills)
"Glad såsom fågeln i morgonstunden" (Happy as the morning bird)
The most well-known, sung by all when passing the "studentexamen" (abt age
18, 12 years of studies)
"Sjung om studentens lyckliga dag" (by Prince Gustaf, H Sätherberg) (Sing of
the happy days of the graduate)
Many of the songs used at other occasions stem from the "nationalromantiska"
(romantic nationalistic) movement in the first half of the 19th century.
Most of them praise the Nordic countries, the people, the nature and Nordic
history (vikings and mythology figures included)
"Vikingasäten" (by P D A Atterbom, J C F Haeffner) (Home of the vikings)
"Sveriges flagga" (Ossiannilsson, H Alfvén) (Swedish flag)
"Hör oss Svea" (Gunnar Wennerberg) ( Svea, hear us) (Mother Svea is the
symbol of Sweden - like John Bull and Uncle Sam)
(hear clip here http://www.sub.su.se/national/kglob21.htm
(damaged but gives an idea)
"Stå stark Du ljusets riddarvakt" (J Nybom, Gunnar Wennerberg) (Stand
strong - guard of the light)
(hear clip here http://www.sub.su.se/national/kglob22.htm
Other parts of the repertoire include traditional Swedish songs (Trad,
Bellman, Taube) and of course drinking songs (they are students)
There are many recordings nowadays mostly on CD.
Search for keywords like Studentsång, Lunds studensångförening, Allmänna
sången and/or the above titles
For Norway go here
For those few who by any chance would like to know more about the creator of
the "studentsång" I have a very bad website at
(my first website, badly neglected since nowadays all time is consumed by
doing SweGGate and genealogy for you all)
Dr Fredrik Haeffner, KARLSTAD, SWEDEN
SwedenGenWeb Country Co-ordinator
Manager of SweGGate Web Portal, SweGGate and Sweden Lists
SweGGate web site: http://www.SweGGate.com