Mensa’s goal is to shine a light on human intelligence so that it can benefit humankind. The society was founded in England in 1946 as a peace project. The purpose was to gather the world’s most intelligent people to participate in building a better world. Today, the society has almost 150,000 members in more than 50 countries. Mensa Sweden was established in 1964 and has more than 7,500 members – making it the national association with most members per capita.
The society’s goal is the same today as when the society was founded: to identify and promote human intelligence, and to support and encourage research on the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence. The society also strives to create intellectually stimulating environments for its members and organises regular social events where members can meet and socialise. The society is not politically or religiously affiliated and is run entirely as a non-profit association.