Swedish Heraldry Society
(Svenska Heraldiska Föreningen)
The society was founded in 1976 as a non-profit association. The purpose of the society is to contribute to an augmented interest in heraldry. Membership is open to all.
Registration of Arms
Anyone can assume his or hers own coat of arms. The rights to heraldic achievements are absolute. No formal registration is needed and no laws control it. What we have here in Sweden is more a question of sportsmanship, honouring and respecting older and already existing arms.
Most arms in use today are published and made known to a larger public. Law protects arms of the nobility as well as civic bodies, while burgher arms are not, unless registered as a logotype.
The most common way of publishing a coat of arms is the annually
publication Skandinavisk Vapenrulla or The Scandinavian Roll of Arms. Today some 400
Swedish family coat of arms are entered in the roll together with arms from the other
Our magazine Vapenbilden publishes new
Besides arms published in these two publications, there are other known from books. Approximately 3000 burgher arms are known today, arms used by freemasons and other orders, not included. Most of them are registrated in our database.
In a few years we hope to be able to publish all burgher arms from the 20th century with blazons in both Swedish and English.