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Walpurgis Ball 2016: The Savoy with Måns Zelmerlöw

Press Releases   •   Mar 15, 2016 10:41 GMT

The now very popular Walpurgis Ball was first introduced in the SCC event calendar in 2013. Traditionally a celebration to ward off winter and evil spirits, the Walpurgis Ball seeks to celebrate the arrival of spring. New for this year is that we are joined by the very talented Swedish singer and 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw.

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CHAMBER TALKS: Måns Zelmerlöw

Blog posts   •   Mar 15, 2016 10:35 GMT

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner and the host for this year’s competition in Stockholm, Måns Zelmerlöw, was in London in February in conjunction with the British final.The LINK caught up with him at a central London hotel to talk Eurovision and Swedish musical legacy .

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Demystifying Cyber: Same Old Wolf in New Sheep's Clothing

Press Releases   •   Oct 09, 2015 15:56 BST

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce proudly presents this autumn’s In the Spotlight, where we are looking to “demystify" cyber.

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Pioneer Divers of the North Sea

News   •   Apr 02, 2012 17:31 BST

Swedish producer Martin Johnson will be presenting his acclaimed Swedish radio documentary, Pioneer Divers of the North Sea, on 4 April 2012 at a public listening event with London not for profit organisation, In The Dark.

In The Dark is a collaborative project between radio producers and radio enthusiasts and arranges a wide range of different listening events celebrating stories told through sound. Martin won a special award at the Prix Italia in 2008 for his documentary “My Father Takes a Vacation”, which is in a mix of Swedish and English. A version with subtitles is available from Swedish Radio and is a great listen. Apart from playing his highly acclaimed features on a maritime theme, Martin will also play other short audios which has inspired him. Martin will be available for discussion after the event.

The event is on 4 April 7:30 pm, at Lightship95, Trinity Buoy Wharf, E14 0JW.

Tickets are £7 in advance or £8 on the door.

For more information and tickets please see the website In The Dark.

Swedish producer Martin Johnson will be presenting his acclaimed Swedish radio documentary, Pioneer Divers of the North Sea, on 4 April 2012 at a public listening event with London not for profit organisation, In The Dark.

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A royal appointment - The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to visit Sweden

News   •   Mar 20, 2012 14:19 GMT

Their Royal Highnesses to visit Sweden from 22-24 March.

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Paul Graham - 2012 Hasselblad Award Winner

News   •   Mar 12, 2012 17:26 GMT

British photographer Paul Graham has been nominated the recipient of the 2012 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, worth SEK 1,000,000 (approximately GBP 95,000).

The award ceremony took place on 8 March when Ambassador Nicola Clase presented Paul Graham with a diploma, gold medal and prize cheque at a reception at Darthmouth House in London.

The Foundation's motivation regarding the decision to award the prize to Paul was:
'Paul Graham is one of the most brilliant photographers of his generation. During the course of his nearly 40-year career, he has presented an extremely focused body of work, at once perfectly coherent and never monotonous. In images both sensitive and subtly political, he makes tangible the insignificant traces of ″the spirit of the times″ we do not normally see. With his keen awareness of the photographic medium, he has constantly developed innovative forms of working with all aspects of photography. This makes him a profound force for renewal of the deep photographic tradition of
engagement with the world.'

An exhibition of his work will open on October 26, 2012 at the Hasselblad Center at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden. A number of seminars will take place in association with the exhibition.

For further information please see the Hasselblad Foundation's website.

http://www.hasselbladfoundation.org

British photographer Paul Graham has been nominated the recipient of the 2012 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, worth SEK 1,000,000 (approximately GBP 95,000).

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Vasalopet – the world’s largest ski race

News   •   Feb 28, 2012 17:28 GMT

Nearly 60 000 skiers of varying nationalities will take part in a week long celebration of cross country skiing, culminating in the 90 km long Vasa Race from Sälen to Mora in Sweden, on Sunday 4 March.

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Scandinavian Airlines, Europe’s most punctual airline

News   •   Feb 23, 2012 14:09 GMT

During 2011, SAS saw an improvement of their brand index, with it rising higher than any other major company in the same industry. YouGov, a pioneer of online market research, gave SAS an increase of 3.7 points on their brand index scale which measures the brand perception amongst the public.

According to Ulf Hermansson Samell, Marketing Manager at SAS, the significant increase was largely due to the combination of flights arriving on time, simple information and effective advertising. Previously, the punctuality of the flights operated by SAS was not deemed to be satisfactory by their customers. By winning the prize for the most punctual airline company in Europe for the third consecutive year, SAS have proven to their consumers that their feedback is taken seriously.

During 2011, SAS saw an improvement of their brand index, with it rising higher than any other major company in the same industry.

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A Swedish princess was born earlier this morning

News   •   Feb 23, 2012 14:05 GMT

At 4.26 am on 23 February the new Swedish heir-apparent was born. The Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to a baby girl weighing 3.28 kilograms and measuring 51 centimetres long.

According to the father of the princess, Prince Daniel, the birth proceeded without any complications and both the mother and the baby are happy and healthy.

During this morning’s press conference the Prince appeared calm but sincerely moved by the birth if his daughter. He asked the media for some alone time in order for the small family of three to adapt to the new situation.

The name of the newborn is to be announced later this week. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce sends their warmest congratulations to the new family. 

At 4.26 am on 23 February the new Swedish heir-apparent was born. The Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to a baby girl weighing 3.28 kilograms and measuring 51 centimetres long.

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Thousands of Swedes take to Hyde Park for Swedish Midsummer celebrations on 25 June

Press Releases   •   Jun 06, 2011 11:59 BST

“Midsummer rivals Christmas as the most important and popular tradition in Sweden”, says Annika Wahlberg, Managing Director at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK, the organisation behind the event.

Midsummer celebrations dates back to the 6th century AD and has since been celebrated to commemorate John the Baptist and in agrarian times to welcome summertime and the season of fertility. People used to decorate their houses and farm tools with foliage, and put up tall, leafy maypoles to dance around, probably as early as in the 16th century. Today it is one of the most Swedish of all traditional festivities.

“Summers are short in Sweden, but also very bright, warm and intensely green. We make the most of it, because we know that the dark winters are not that far away”, says Peter Sandberg, Communications Manager, Swedish Chamber of Commerce. “Midsummer Night is the lightest of the year and was long considered a magical night. In the north, the sun never sets. This is why, rain or shine, you will see Swedes dancing around May Poles, having picnics outdoors for Midsummer. In fact, most people head for the countryside to celebrate, in nature”.

The Midsummer smorgasbord features different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and raw red onion, alongside a whole range of other foods. Compulsory is also the first, and as such usually very expensive, fresh strawberries of the summer. Served with the food is cold beer and Swedish schnapps, often spiced. “There will be plenty of singing in Hyde Park. It is a Swedish tradition to sing every time a glass is refilled. Swedes like drinking-songs. Luckily we produce song sheets with English lyrics for those interested in joining the chorus”, says Annika Wahlberg.

In essence: “Do not be afraid if you see singing Swedes, with flower wreaths on their heads dancing as little frogs around a fertility symbol in Hyde Park on 25 June. It is business as usual”, says Peter Sandberg.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1906 and has around 400 Member companies, representing not only Swedish companies but also British and European companies interested in strengthening their existing ties with Sweden and the UK or expanding to new markets. Today the Swedish Chamber is one of the largest and most active foreign Chambers in the UK.

On Saturday 25 June, thousands of Swedes, and friends of Sweden, take to London’s Hyde Park for the thirteenth year in a row to celebrate Swedish Midsummer. The friendly pagan tradition involves the erection of a May Pole, flower wreaths, dancing as little frogs and a large Swedish picnic of pickled herring, gravad lax and meatballs.

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