The first Lion club in Europe was charted on May 19, 1948. Torgny Lange , Swedish national, has launched the club Stockholm which marks the beginning of historical development of Lionism in Europe. Lange was journalism fellow in New York whereas he attended The Lions Club International Convention in Philadelphia and he was acquainted with the basics of Lionism.
Today we are marking 70 years of Lionism in Europe we heard representatives from the five charted clubs Stockholm (19 May, 1948), Geneva (16 April 1948), Zurich (16 July 1948), Paris (26 July) and Halmstad (23 November 1948). Year by year we have growing number of clubs and Lions. At the moment, there are 9389 clubs in 59 nations and states.