Homeschooling in Sweden

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Hello!

I am American and my husband is Swedish. We are homeschooling our 3 kids.

We live in Sweden, near Stockholm, and would like to know if you know of any competitions that they can enter if we don’t reside in the US. (Our permanent US address is in Illinois, although we have not actually lived there for over 7 years.) The children are very interested in history and science, so anything along those lines would be great.

Just a few brief facts on homeschooling in Sweden: There are only 100 homeschoolers (of 9 million people) in Sweden, as it is Socialist/Communist politically here. Sweden has about 10% born-again Christians, and the rest are active atheists, agnostics and Muslim (15%). The closest other homeschoolers are about a 1.5 hour drive. The political system opposes homeschooling and is continually trying to close all private schools. Private schools have a “voucher” system, where 75% of the cost of a public school student’s budget is given to the private school if a parent chooses to send their child there. And since it is Socialist, no one could be “better” than anyone else in their gifted areas, so there are no competitions like we have in the US, like the science fairs, etc.

Thanks for any ideas you may have!

A., Sweden