Swedish High School debating originated at Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket, and was founded by Michael James, a lecturer at Sigtuna teaching philosophy and Theory of Knowledge, hoping to bring the very foreign act of debate to the perhaps (most definitely) too quiet and too careful Sweden. The debates were to be in the style of the World Schools Debating Championships which is the most prominent format used in high-school debates in the world.
For many years teams from Sigtunaskolan were the only ones competing, for lack of any competition in the World Schools format, up until a few years ago, when other schools such as Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet in Gothenburg and Kungsholmens Gymnasium in Stockholm brought their own trained WSDC debating teams and competed in the newly formed Swedish Schools Debating Championship
Every since the annual event has only grown in success, with a larger amount of schools from all over the country joining, with more teams competing and spreading the word across Sweden. The future of the Nationals looks bright, and it will continue to push for debate in our perhaps (most definitely) too quiet and too careful country.
Previous winners and runner ups are:
2015: Winners: Hvitfeldtska. Runner up: IEGS.
2014: Winners: Hvitfeldtska. Runner up: IEGS.
2013: Winners: Hvitfeldtska. Runner up: Kungsholmen.
2012: Winners: Hvitfeldtska. Runner up: Kungsholmen.