Members and Lodges
The constituted Swedish Order of Freemasons (The Grand Lodge of Sweden) is responsible for all Masonic activity in Sweden. It also operates in the western parts of Finland.
There are approximately 15 400 registered Freemasons in Sweden and Finland, subject to the authority and direction of the Swedish Order of Freemasons. In these areas, Freemasonry is strictly Christian, only men committed to the Christian faith are admitted. All ritual work strictly follows the accepted Swedish Rite. This consists of ten degrees, three conferred in St. John's (S:t Johannes) Craft Lodges, three in St. Andrew's Lodges (S:t Andreas) and four in Chapters.
Freemasons in Sweden and Finland are permitted to join Fraternal Societies (Brödraföreningar). These Brotherhood groups pursue instruction in Masonic principles and various rituals. They do not normally, confer degrees. Most are situated in small towns.
The necessity for such an organisation is directly attributable to the geography of Sweden (approximately three times the land area of Britain, with a small population of 10 million).
In the smaller towns where Freemasons are relatively few in numbers as to make it impracticable to establish a Lodge proper, the Fraternal Societies afford the enthusiastic Freemasons the opportunity to pursue their committment to the Order, improve their individual knowledge, permit fraternal contact and organise group visits to Lodges within reasonable geographical distance.
Masters of Lodges can retain office for as long as six years. However, a compulsory retirement age of 75 is strictly enforced. Wardens and Treasurer of a Lodge are elected annually. Other office bearers are appointed annually by the Worshipful Master.