Crayfish Cravings in California

While Swedes are well known for their reserved and civilized demeanor, for a few weeks in August they let their hair down and partake of an annual late-summer bacchanalian rite. The crayfish season is a time for Swedish restraint to be shed with a vengeance … The end of Swedish summer brings crayfish season, and…


SAS: Connecting Europe and the U.S. for 60 years

On April 8, SACC – San Francisco/Silicon Valley organisational sponsor SAS celebrated the one year anniversary of the launch of their Copenhagen – San Francisco route. The new route marked the return of the Scandinavian flag carrier to the US West Coast after an almost four year hiatus having previously served Los Angeles until April…


Fore! SACC-SF/SV Gets into the Swing of Things

From east to west, the sport has become associated with the good life. And perhaps nowhere else is life, and golf, as good as it is in California.  In the early morning of February 22, 1888, as America prepared to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, Scotsman John Reid gathered some friends in a cow pasture across…


Swedish Women at the Forefront of Medical Research

Sweden, long a vanguard of medical research, drug discovery and the development of revolutionary medical treatments, now finds itself at the intersection of medicine and technology. Swedish research institutions, including world-leading medical university Karolinska Institutet, are actively integrating cutting-edge disciplines, such as nanotechnology and biotechnology, into medical research. The Öresund Region, home to Europe’s largest…


SACC-SF/SV: Taking Care of Business in the Bay Area

On April 8, SACC – SF/SV chairwoman Charlotte Danielsson spoke to an audience of state, county and city representatives at the 34th annual conference of California’s premier economic development association: CALED.  In her presentation, Danielsson made clear the seminal role played by foreign chambers in increasing foreign direct investment in California while at the same…


United Chambers of Europe

While stories of China’s trade expansion proliferate, Europe’s relatively low profile downplays its very large, longstanding and continuously evolving commercial connections with the San Francisco Bay Area. Europe and the Bay Area continue to be highly interconnected regions, both pioneering in science, technology and innovation. Substantial mutual investments, the exchange of groundbreaking ideas, bilateral trade…


SVT World: TV from ‘back home’

Since 2010, SVT World has broadcast high quality Swedish television programs in the U.S. The television channel, the only international service dedicated to Swedish and Scandinavian viewers living abroad, offers North American viewers the ability to watch SVT’s prime time shows simultaneously with viewers in Sweden, or on demand up to 48 hours after broadcast….


Building Bridges to a Successful Future

Swedes have come to the United States to build bridges to the future for a long time. From the founding of New Sweden in Delaware in 1638 to the apogee of Swedish immigration in the late 19th century, American employers were first attracted to the particular Swedish combination of talents: ingenuity combined with simplicity, persistence, hard…