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UK – Swedish Culinary “Friendly”

It was a big treat to have the British chef Adam Bennett and the Swedish chef Tommy Myllymäki prepare a lunch at the Swedish residence. This was an exceptional meeting between two of the best chefs in the UK and Sweden, who are both representing their countries at the European Bocuse d’Or championship in Stockholm in May. Both chefs…

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The Bridge at Nordicana

Yesterday I introduced the concluding episode of The Bridge at Nordicana. Fortunately I could also announce that the writer Hans Rosenfeldt is working on the third part of the series. That seemed to please the more than 1000 people in the audience. They were even more excited when Sofia Helin (Saga) entered the stage.

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Stroke Prevention and Management

In collaboration with BusinessSweden the Swedish Embassy today hosted a seminar on the “Prevention and Management of Stroke – Today and Tomorrow”. The seminar had attracted some of the leading British and Swedish experts on the subject. The speakers were outstanding and there was a tremendous amount to learn about the subject.

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Swedish Lucia Celebrations in London

The annual candlelit Lucia procession on 13 December is one of our favourite Swedish traditions, with girls and boys dressed in white full-length robes singing songs together. Every town, every school and nursery in Sweden crown their own Lucia.

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British Nobel Prize Laureates

Every year in December I invite the British Nobel Prize Laureates to lunch at the Swedish residence to honour their great achievements. This year we very pleased to celebrate Professor Peter Higgs being awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs

Last week the Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Jan Björklund and The Minister for European Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson visited London. Björklund met his counterpart the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Birgitta Ohlsson had meetings with her counterpart the Minister for European Affairs David Lidington as well as with James Brokenshire, MInister for Security at the Home Office.

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Try Swedish

Try Swedish has been a very successful concept to promote Swedish gastronomy. Recently Try Swedish offered a three day culinary expedition at Aveqia cooking studios in Farringdon. This was an open invitation to Londoners to participate in a gastro safari across Sweden together with three of our country’s top chefs. I went to Aveqiia to have a peek at the…

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Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves

When we learned that Jonas Gardell’s award winning drama Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves had been acquired by BBC4 to mark World Aids Day – we thought it would be a perfect reason to invite the renowned author, playwright, artist and comedian Jonas Gardell for dinner – together with several wonderful and insightful people. The dinner turned out to be…

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Swedish Christmas Fair

Today was the opening of the Swedish Christmas Fair at the Swedish Church in London. This is a very special event that many of us look forward to every year. The fair is the perfect place to visit to prepare your home for Christmas. There is everything from beautiful handicraft to delicious Christmas foods. In addition you will not be…

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Order of the Polar Star bestowed on Paul von der Heyde

On Friday I bestowed Paul von der Heyde with The Order of the Polar Star, on behalf of His Majesty the King of Sweden. Paul has been very active in the Swedish business sector, both as CEO of Kinnarps and as Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. He has worked tirelessly to promote Swedish-UK business relations, but also more…

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