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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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Magnus Olsson, H&M and Björn Savén, IK Investment Partners elected new Council Members at the 104th Annual General Meeting of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK

Press Releases   •   Jun 03, 2011 11:00 BST

“The United Kingdom is a very important market to H&M so naturally Anglo-Swedish relationships are close at heart to us”, says Magnus Olsson, General Manager at H&M in the UK and Ireland. H&M is today one of the largest Swedish employers in the UK.

 “I am delighted to take up this new role as Council Member and look forward to working with its members to further develop the excellent services of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK”, says Björn Savén. IK Investment Partners was founded in London in 1989.

Björn Savén and Magnus Olsson’s names was brought forward by the Chamber’s Nomination Committee and endorsed by the AGM.

“To be able to include such distinguished businessmen in the Council is a privilege.  I sincerely look forward to working closer with both Björn Savén and Magnus Olsson, as part of the Council, over the coming year”, says Paul von der Heyde, Chairman, Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK.

Björn Savén and Magnus Olsson fill the open positions in the Council following Karl-Johan Persson, H&M and Sir John Grant, KCMG, stepping down.

The AGM included the presentation of the Chamber’s Annual Review. “We conclude a successful year at this year’s AGM”, says Annika Wahlberg, Managing Director, Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. “Our aim is to provide members with opportunities to network, to exchange ideas and knowledge between businesses and the two countries, and to promote Anglo-Swedish business. During the past twelve months we have managed to put on 70 events, which is probably more than any other foreign Chamber in the UK and other Swedish Chamber’s abroad.”

The Secretariat has been working with its “Strategy for Growth”, initiated in 2010, focussing on the strategic recruitment of large Swedish industrial, financial and holding companies. “We are looking at strategic recruitment and decided to focus on the larger businesses initially, followed by a specific focus on entrepreneurs.” The strategy was successful over the previous twelve months, of all members recruited 30% were large-sized businesses (up from 22% the year before). Total number of members dropped slightly (-1,3%), mainly because of difficult retention following the recession, but recruitment compensated for most of it. “We can see a dip in resignations in 2011 and forecast continued growth over the coming years”, Annika Wahlberg concludes.

The Members' Luncheon following the AGM also included the presentation of this year's Investor Scholarship to Helena Lindahl by Dr Beatrice Engström-Bondy, Investor AB as well as a keynote speech by Mats Granryd, CEO & President, Tele2.

Contact
Peter Sandberg, Communications Manager
Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK
Sweden House
5 Upper Montagu Street
London W1H 2AG
United Kingdom
Tel 020 7224 8001
Fax 020 7224 8884
Email sandberg@scc.org.uk 
Web www.scc.org.uk

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.

The 104th Annual General Meeting of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK was held at The Landmark London Hotel on 3 June and saw the election of Magnus Olsson, H&M and Björn Savén, IK Investment Partners as a member of the Council.

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Vikings invade the north east of England

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2011 17:04 BST

The initiative is named Seagull and is run by among others Invest Sweden. Seagull’s purpose is to create relationships and to foster potential co-operation between Swedish and British small and medium sized enterprises active in digital media, clean technology, biotechnology and health. The collaboration is run by InvestSwedenand the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) together with a range of different competence centers inNewcastle.

Anglo-Swedish business partnerships are core-territory to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, which has its newest Chapter in North East England.  This leading Swedish business network and its north-east partner the NE CC  works closely with SEAGULL and all its project partners: UKTI, CELS, Codeworks, the Northern Offhsore Federation and NAREC.

On 23-26 May three separate events will be taking place in Newcastle including seminars, individual company meetings, company visits and networking opportunities. Around 60 representatives from Swedish companies and organizations will be participating in the events, and  will be looking for long term business and cooperation opportunities.

“We are naturally hoping to see increased flows of trade, investments and competences in both directions. The competence and knowledge that is available inNewcastleand in regions inSwedencomplement each other very well, says Börje Svanborg, Vice President, Regional Cooperation, InvestSweden.

Gun-Marie Östedt-Axelsson, project manager at Seagull is delighted about the commitment thatNewcastlehas shown and the response she has received from participating companies.

“To be able to host three parallel events within the project’s focus areas is very positive and verification that the Seagull concept is a good way of doing business”, she says.

“Through the Seagull project we are hoping to strengthen our regional cluster through foreign establishments and co-operations. Our companies are also given an opportunity to expand to a new market. Both of the regions complement each other well and we are now hoping to develop several new collaborations, says Ann-Mari Bartholdsson, project manager at Healthcare Technology Alliance and one of the participants inNewcastle.

Contact information:
Börje Svanborg, Vice President, Regional Cooperation, InvestSweden
Tel: +46 8-4027827; Mobile: 070-6427827; e-mail: borje.svanborg@investsweden.se
 
Gun-Marie Östedt-Axelsson, Project Manager, Seagull
Tel: +46 70-284 28 16; e-mail: gog.axelsson@telia.com

Peter Sandberg, Communications Manager, Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK
Tel: +44 7981 659501, e-mail: sandberg@scc.org.uk

About Invest Sweden: Invest Sweden is a government agency that works to internationalize the Swedish economy. By information and contacts take part in attracting foreign direct investments to Sweden. In Sweden Invest Sweden has offices in Stockholm and Gothenburg and we have foreign offices in the USA, Japan, China, India and Brazil. Read more at: www.investsweden.se

About Seagull: Seagull is an international project in collaboration between Invest Sweden, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) and Northeastern England with the purpose of creating relations and potential collaborations between Swedish and British SME-companies and organizations. Collaborators in Newcastle are among others UK Trade & Investment, Codeworks, The Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (Cels), the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) , NOF Energy, The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and the Swedish Consulate. The project focuses on four sectors: Digital media, clean technology, biotechnology and aging and health

About the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK: 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. www.scc.org.uk

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.

Back in the old days, invasions of large amounts of Swedes meant burnt down cities and a lot of destruction for the districts in northern England. Today expectations are completely different. This week around 60 Swedish business leaders are to visit Newcastle to look for new business opportunities within, among others, digital media, wind power and biotechnology.

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30 young Swedish entrepreneurs under the age of 30 are making their way to London to exchange ideas, extend their networks and to learn about the United Kingdom as a market on 10-12 February 2011

Press Releases   •   Jan 18, 2011 15:16 GMT

The Junior Chamber Club for Young Professionals (JCC) of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce is organising the event in co-operation with Young Entrepreneurs of Sweden in partnership with Sandbox, a global community of extraordinary young achievers.. At the seminar and forum on 10 February, 30 of Sweden’s foremost young entrepreneurs under 30 will, together with a panel of two venture capitalists and two entrepreneurs, discuss how to build a successful fast-growing company. The discussions will be led by Christer Holloman, Chairman of First Tuesday and columnist at Sky News.

“Sweden has so much talent and the United Kingdom is a fantastic base for building your success”, says Annika Wahlberg, Managing Director, Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. “Our mission is to promote brand Sweden, and what better way to do it than by presenting and introducing young and talented entrepreneurs”.

“We are here to exchange ideas, experiences and business cards with London based entrepreneurs and venture capitalists”, says Fredrik Hagenius, founder of YEoS and Anders Wall Scholar at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK, who is organising the event. “Hopefully this will be an annual event, further establishing ties between young Swedish and British entrepreneurs”.

Amongst the participants are Isabella Löwengrip, famous blogger “Blondinbella”, Christoffer Caesar, wind power entrepreneur and Mai-Li Hammargren, founder of the vibrating wristband and touch screen watch.

Isabella Löwengrip (20) runs one of the biggest blogs in Sweden with over 300,000 readers per week. Isabella also operates four limited companies and started the first; Blondinbella AB at the age of 16. Since then, she has launched her own clothing brand called Classified, which is sold in 23 stores around Sweden, the blog network Spotlife and Löwengrip Invest. In addition to the companies she studies for a MBA at Lorange Institute of Business in Zurich, is writing her second book (her first, Egoboost, has currently sold over 25,000 copies), which will be released in February, and preparing the launch of a career magazine for young women named Egoboost Magazine.

Christoffer Caesar (28) started his first business when he was twelve by hiring himself out as a DJ, and later acting as an agent for other DJs. Later in life Christoffer founded a computer store to finance his studies at Lund Institute of Technology. Now, a few years later, he has a track record of several successful start-ups and he still controls some of them trough his investment company Caesar Invest AB, including Kraftö Vind AB, one of the strongest-growing wind power developers in Sweden, which he co-founded in 2006. In 2009 Kraftö received an order from Alpiq worth 350 million Euros.

Mai-Li Hammargren (24) is currently in the process of turning her passion for time management into a successful company. Meanwhile she has finished her studies at Stockholm School of Economics, and an international master in management at University of St Gallen, Switzerland and London School of Economics. Her company Mutewatch AB is developing a product with the same name; a silent alarm in the shape of a vibrating wristband with a hidden touch screen. Mai-Li has been named as one of Sweden’s 101 Super Talents 2010.

The mission will include a series of meetings, such as company visits to Spotify and Atomico (Skype-founder Niklas Zennström’s venture capital company) as well as meetings with senior representatives of the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.

About Young Entrepreneurs of Sweden

Young Entrepreneurs of Sweden is a nationwide network with the purpose of connecting, educating and inspiring Sweden’s foremost young entrepreneurs. The network is a non-political, non-profit organisation with the vision of becoming the national leader in terms of developing young entrepreneurs and giving them the right tools, support and network to be able to become tomorrow’s business leaders. Please visit www.yeos.se/en/ to learn more about YEoS.

About the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK
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. Its young professional’s network, the JCC, was founded in 1994 and is a forum for young Anglo-Swedish professionals in London.

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.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK is partnering with Young Entrepreneurs of Sweden (YEoS) and Sandbox to bring about an interesting Swedish young entrepreneurs’ mission to the United Kingdom. The three day visit will include company visits, meetings with official representatives and a joint forum with senior panelists.

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