To easily explain how the organization works, you can compare the nation with Sweden. In this example, the landskap corresponds to the parliament, this is where all important decisions about the nation’s future are voted through. The province is led by a chairman, who is also chairman of the nation board. The landskap is the nation’s highest decision-making body. In landskaps, you first and foremost choose new officials, but you also get an insight into what the curators and the board have been doing lately. Budgets and other issues that are of great importance to the nation, such as membership fees, must be approved by the landskap. Landskaps are held twice each semester. Members of Småland’s nation are called to the landskap via the national newspaper Rasken. Everyone who is a member has the right to attend and every debt-free member has the right to vote. Below you will find the nation’s statutes, as well as our equality policy and action plan regarding discrimination and harassment.
The Nation Board shall ensure that the nation’s activities are conducted following the nation’s statutes and by what has been decided on the landskap. The board also takes care of part of the financial management, prepares questions for the province and sometimes employs extra staff. Together with the curators, one could compare the nation board with the Swedish government. The Nation Board consists for the most of students who have been active in Smålands for a long time and have good insight into how the nation works. The board consists of the chairman, the curators, the treasurer and seven members elected by the landskap. Some active members have the right to attend and express their opinions, but no voting rights, including the Inspector, operational auditors and editors. It is free for members of Smålands to make proposals to the board if there is something that they think should be addressed. In such cases, this is best done in writing to the Chairman of the Board via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kuratel consists of the first, second, and third curator and a Kitchenmaster. The first curator is the nation’s outward face. They have many different duties, including representing the nation at various events on their own or in other nations, giving speeches on gasques, and bringing the nation’s action to the nation’s cooperation body. The first curator also has contact with all active members and makes sure that they are happy. A major task is also the work with all of Småland’s nation’s scholarships. The first curator can be compared as a mixture of king and prime minister in Sweden the example.
The second curator takes care of the finances and is a driving force in contract negotiations, but also works a lot with the property itself. If something breaks, well then it is the second curator who calls someone who can fix it, unless they happen to be handy and can arrange it themselves. The second curator can be compared as a cross between a finance minister and a caretaker.
The third curator is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the nation. They ensure that Pub Hyttan is run as it should, organizes the nation’s smaller parties and is also the toastmaster on all gasques. The third curator is the manager of the club workers, Friday luxuries and fika hosts, but also works closely with the foreman and the rental managers. The third curator must also ensure that the nation is kept clean and tidy. The third curator can be compared to a mix of Michael Bindefeld and a restaurant manager.
The kitchen master is the person who is responsible for everything that is kitchen and food. They cook for all the gasques and rentals, order all the food and are responsible for the hygiene in the kitchen. They are constantly keeping updated on the latest food trends.
In the 17th century, the university was quite sceptical of the nation’s and students’ loud activities. To gain a little more control over the nations, their existence was legitimized by establishing an Inspector – a professor from the university who, among other things, would be a link between the university’s management and the nations.
The office of the inspector is still very much alive today. According to the statutes, the Inspector has quite a few commitments, but in practice, they are involved in most major issues dealt with in the nation. The inspector shall promote the good of the nation, but also ensure that decisions taken do not contravene laws, regulations or the nation’s statutes.