[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Sweden

P. Birken pbirken at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 09:14:37 UTC 2007

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2007/10/22, Lars Aronsson <lars at aronsson.se>:
> This Saturday we gathered in Stockholm to form a membership
> association, to become a Swedish chapter of the Wikimedia
> Foundation.  We were 51 people at the meeting, including chapters
> coordinator Delphine Ménard.  The proposed bylaws, which have
> received no protests from the chapters committee, were adopted by
> the meeting with only minor changes in language.  The membership
> fee was set to 100 kronor (roughly 11 euro) for the period until
> the end of 2008. The association already has 36 members -- with
> more expected.  A board was elected with Lennart Guldbrandsson as
> the chairman.  He has already served as "press contact" for the
> Swedish Wikipedia. I'm one of the board members.  More information
> is found on http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Sverige
> It was a beautiful sunny day and the meeting went very smooth.
> Delphine stayed until the next day, and joined some 10 Swedish
> wikipedians for dinner on Saturday night.  We had a great time.
> We're now only waiting for the formal approvement of the Wikimedia
> Foundation before we can officially adopt our name.
> Swedish tax law doesn't allow any tax deduction for donations, so
> we don't have to bother with that.  (You can start to donate right
> away!)  So far, we have a Swedish "Bankgiro" account 5822-9915,
> which is the common way for Swedish households to pay their bills.
> (What would be the best way for people outside of Sweden to donate
> money and pay fees? Should we get a Paypal account? Let me know!)
> If you consider that Sweden has 1/9 the population of Germany (9
> million vs. 82 million), we already have 1/9 of the membership of
> the German chapter (342 / 9 = 38). We're not in a competition, of
> course, but as a new starting association we're looking for any
> benchmarks, role models and guidelines that we can follow.
> Is there any financial information from the Foundation on what
> amount of its costs and incomes can be connected to Sweden? I
> would personally find it interesting to know where we are today,
> so we can see if we're improving or not.  There is a risk of
> course that people donate to the Swedish chapter, where we dillute
> the money on irrelevant or failed campaigns, instead of supporting
> the Foundation as we should.  I certainly hope that we'll do more
> good than harm, but are there any numbers to help us show this?
> --
>   Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
>   Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
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