Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (SVF) is a private school in Jönköping, Sweden. It is one of 150 schools for adult education known as ”folkhögskola”. This is a form of adult education, called ”folkbildning”, that is typical for Scandinavia.
The mission of Schools like SVF is to offer education in numerous subjects, in formal or non-formal studies, based on the patrtcipants’ needs.
Participation should be elective and the education free from government influence, even though a major part of the turnover consists of government grants. Like the majority of these schools, SVF is owned by an organisation, in this case the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden.
SVF was founded in 1919 and moved to its present premises on the western heights of Jönköping in 1930. The campus offers a fantastic view over the city and lake Vättern. Modern structures provide room for 280 students, including dormitories, which can house 130 students. Facilities include a fine library, studios for photography, radio and TV, computer labs, a chapel and a sports center.
The school is also a conference site with a great number of participants each year. The campus is next to the City Park offering beautiful walking paths and natural surroundings. In the park there are animals, a café, an open-air and bird museum. A walk downtown takes about 25 minutes and twice an hour there are public buses to the city center.