Föreningen Gabelsberger is a shorthand association whose mission is to promote in Finland shorthand in swedish. The association operates in Helsinki, but it welcomes members from all over Finland.
The association was founded in 1924 and it is an association member of Suomen Pikakirjoittajayhdistys. At the moment there are 18 members in the association.
The name of the association, Föreningen Gabelsbergers, derives from the german Franz Xaver Gabelsberger who can be said to be the father of the modern pen shorthand. He created the first wide spread cursive shorthand system year 1834. Before this mainly geometric systems were used, that is systems with lines and circles to different directions in stead of smoothly going strokes as in normal handwriting.
Despite the name it is not needed that the member of association writes Gabelsberger system - though most members can write it. The association is favor of using shorthand regardless the system the person uses. The members write both the Melin system and the finnish-swedish Fabritius system. To become a member one does not need to shorthand at all. It is enough that the member promotes the swedish shorthand in Finland. Shorthand writers are used i many occasions, e.g. in the Nordic Council and the Parliament.
The members of Föreningen Gabelsberger have i many years actively participated i Intersteno congresses and world championships i shorthand. From 1975 the association has always had at least one member i competitions, until 1987 Olof Meinander and hereafter Niklas Varisto. Marita Rosenger participated the congress in 1987.
|President||Niklas Varisto||Runeberginkatu 8 C 18
|+358 45 6333 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice president||Olof Meinander||Rånäs
|+358 9 298 6219|
|Secretary||Arnold Kuningas||Munksnäsallén 19 A
|+358 9 485 363|
|+358 9 298 6167|
The address of the association
Tenalavägen 4 A
Telephone, see above Board of the association.