The American Women’s Club (AWC) in Finland was founded in 1970. Our mission is to provide a means for social interaction for American and other English-speaking women residing in Finland. We also expand our members’ knowledge and understanding of our host country through speakers and tours.
Who are Our Members?
The club warmly welcomes new members no matter how long– or short– your stay in Finland may be. The club is currently about 200 members strong, and our community is truly international and intercultural. A little over half of our members are American, and the rest are Finnish and international women. The Americans are a diverse group of both temporary and permanent residents, those who are married to Finns, stationed here for their company or the embassy, or studying in Finland.
Our club engages in charity work to directly help local charities in Finland, in order to give something back to the country in which we reside and from which we benefit so much.
The two primary recipients of our AWC charitable donations are Rajaseutu, whose mission is helping Finnish young people in rural communities with support for their educational needs; and De Utvecklingsstördas Väl i Mellersta Nyland (DUV), that gives support in Swedish to mentally and physically handicapped children and adults in the Uusimaa region to experience leisure activity and community that they would not otherwise be able to enjoy because of their severe challenges.
Both do important work to enrich the lives of those who are vulnerable while functioning on modest budgets. Neither receive government subsidies, and therefore the AWC’s modest contributions make a substantial difference.
Learn more about our primary charitable giving recipients from their websites:
The American Women’s Club in Finland was founded on November 19, 1970 by a group of expatriate women in search of community while they lived far away from home. From there it has grown to include Finns and International women with ties to the United States, looking to befriend one another. Our mission is to provide a means for social interaction for American and other English-speaking women residing in Finland. We also expand our members’ knowledge and understanding of our host country through speakers and tours.
FAWCO - Our Global Community
The American Women's Club in Finland is a member of a larger community of American Women's Clubs across the world. Founded in 1931, the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, Inc. (FAWCO) is an international network of independent volunteer clubs and associations. There are more than 60 member clubs in 31 countries worldwide, with a total membership in excess of 10,000.
FAWCO serves as a resource and a voice for its members; seeks to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, especially in the areas of human rights, health, education and the environment; advocates for the rights of U.S. citizens overseas; contributes to the global community through its Teams and The FAWCO Foundation, which provides development grants and education awards. The organization is a global women’s NGO (non-governmental organization), and since 1997, FAWCO has held special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council.
All members are encouraged to go to the FAWCO website for additional information.