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Association of Nordic LGBT Student Organizations, ANSO [1], is an international non-profit non-governmental organization striving to improve the quality of life of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans - LGBT - students in the Nordic countries. ANSO targets its activity to LGBT students in Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland.


ANSO was founded in November 2004 in Denmark and now has six member organizations, namely BLUS - Bøsse/Lesbiske Studerende [2] of Denmark, Friðarbogin [3] of Faroe Islands, FSS [4] of Iceland, Homoglobiini [5] of Finland, Sveriges Förenade Gaystudenter[6] of Sweden and UgleZ [7] of Norway. At its founding ANSO decided to have its seat in Mykines, Faroe Islands. In 2006 the seat of Anso was transferred to Denmark, as ANSO became a registered organization under Danish law.

ANSO is member of IGLYO, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation.


The funding of ANSO activities relies on grants from the European Union, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and other sources of project grants.


ANSO organized the first gay pride event ever on Faroe Islands in 2005. ANSO has created a web forum [8] for interchange of information and ideas between Nordic LGBT student organizations. In addition to this, ANSO has completed a Youth for Europe project in 2006 in Turku, Finland, discussing LGBT youth issues of small towns and remote areas. The next project, under the Youth in Action program, is "A Queer Perspective on European Students, in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 2007.

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